Google has admitted to using Java code in Android OS, but has yet to be penalized for the blatant theft. Android itself is a visual copy of Apple’s original iOS from 2007. Now, Google admits that their once proprietary video encoding technology, known as WebM, and distributed free as an open alternative to the H.264 standard backed by Microsoft and Apple (among others), is a patent infringer.
Looks like we’re establishing a clear pattern: Google clearly (and often willfully) infringes on someone else’s IP, can’t believe that it’ll ever have any repercussions, and claims they’re doing it to be “open” or some bullshit. It betrays a culture at Google’s highest levels of arrogance, entitlement, and dishonesty.
Wait. Isn’t Google all about being open?
“Open” has very little to do with anything they do. What they’re really doing most of the time is trying to gain control of the web for themselves and their products. If they really cared about being so “open”, they’d open up a nontrivial part of their business that hasn’t already been commoditized, like their searching or advertising algorithms.
Once a thief, always a thief?