Google Fixes WebM Licence

As an update to my story from last week about the WebM CODEC project started by Google, I am pleased to say that the project is now fully open source, with the copyright licensed under the BSD licence. Many thanks to Google for addressing the concerns that I and many other members of the community expressed over the licence under which the project was initially announced. We are spared yet another open source licence, something I welcome as an OSI director.

Google’s resolution of the matter has been achieved by separating the copyright licence and patent grant language from each other. The original (perhaps hurriedly-created) text created a new license, triggering the need for approval by the Open Source Initiative. As Google’s announcement says,

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