The Free Software Foundation has called on Google to deliver a “death-blow to Flash's dominance of web video” by aggressively promoting its own video format.
The call comes just days after Google closed its $120 million acquisition of On2 Technologies, developer of the VP8 high-def video codec. Google, of course, owns Youtube.
The FSF believes that Google could now help bring an end to Adobe's stranglehold on embeddable web video by “aggressively” promoting VP8 as an open, royalty-free alternative to Flash.
“Just think what you can achieve by releasing the VP8 codec under an irrevocable royalty-free license and pushing it out to users on YouTube?” the organisation wrote in an open letter to Google. “You can end the web's dependence on patent-encumbered video formats and proprietary software”.
The FSF noted that Apple has already snubbed Flash in its various iGizmos, and that Google could keep the anti-Adobe ball rolling by giving developers more reasons to develop for free formats.
Youtube is already testing non-Flash video using the upcoming HTML5 standard, which is open, and the H.264 video codec, which is protected by patents. Currently, the prototype Youtube service is only compatible with the Chrome and Safari browsers.