Here come the patent attorneys. From Janko Roettgers in GigaOM:
Why line up all the lawyers? Money.
Google released WebM as an open source video format last May. One of the main reasons behind the move was MPEG LA’s control of the popular H.264 video format. While MPEG LA is offering free H.264 licenses to web video platforms that offer their content for free, paid services, hardware makers and software developers have to pay for the use of H.264.
What a mess.