Google updates WebM licensing

By   |  June 7, 2010

Google’s WebM project has switched licenses to bring its free video codec in line with standard open source licences.

Previously the custom licence used by Google for the WebM codec was not a OSI-recognised licence and was criticised by some as not being fully open source.

The previous licence was based on a combination of the Apache and BSD licences but included additional clauses that made it incompatible with the GNU’s General Public License (GPL). The additional clauses could have precluded developers from using the format their open source projects.

Google resolves WebM licensing conflict with BSD license (Ars Technica), WebM project changes to standard open source licence (H-Online)


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