## FSF Announces Support for WebM Project, Encourages Adoption
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Wednesday, January 19, 2011 -- The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that it is officially
supporting the WebM Project, and is encouraging Web site operators to
migrate any H.264-encoded video they have to WebM.
"Google has been working to bring together a broad coalition of
organizations to support WebM, which will go far to help it become the
video codec of choice with HTML5," explained Brett Smith, license
compliance engineer for the Free Software Foundation. "We want the
world to know that we also support WebM: with its developer-friendly
patent license and free software reference implementation, it's a good
choice to help ensure the Web fulfills its promise of providing a free
way for the world to communicate."
FSF executive director Peter Brown said, "We applaud Google's effort in
not only making WebM available for implementation by free software, but
also in promoting its reasons for deprecating the use of H.264. Now is
the time to act. Through joint community effort in support of WebM, we
can sustain the vision of the Web as free and unencumbered."
Google released the WebM video codec in May 2010. Unlike its competitor
H.264, developers who support WebM in their software do not have to
agree to a patent license that requires royalty payments, or limits how
developers license their own software.
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