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MPEG-LA AND THE VP8 CHALLENGE
An interesting sidenote about WebM VP8 is the MPEG-LA group's announcement of the forming
of a patentpoolabout the VP8 codec, not long after Google open-sourced the codec. Right after
the MPEG-LA announcement, the US Justice Department opened an investigation into whether the
MPEG-LA's effort violates trust law by attempting to sow uncertainty about WebM and VP8 and thus
harm a potential competitor.
The MPEG-LA announcement of the formation of a patent pool can be read at ht-
read in an article at the Guardian, “US Justice Department reportedly investigating MPEG-LA over
VP8 threats”, online at http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2011/mar/04/justice-department-
However, I'm not overly fond of trying to get one page to work in two completely different
environments. Many sites have a mobile only version of the content, usually designated with a
m subdirectory setting (such as http://m.burningbird.net ). In the end, it may be simpler just to
provide the separately formatted sites—especially with Content Management Systems (CMS)
that serve all of the contents from a database.
Drupal, the CMS I use, has a custom module named Domain Access (available at http://drupal.org/
project/domain ) , that allows us to designate a different theme, page and content structure for pages
served up with the msubdomain. Most other CMS tools offer something comparable.