Spread Open Media

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Spread Open Media (or SOM) is a project to promote the different Xiph.Org Foundation formats. You may help create or edit content in the official site by making edits in this wiki.

Why Open Media Matters

  • You can use, modify, and distribute the media software without needing permission from (or paying royalties to) software patent holders. This is especially important for free software, which is incompatible with the constraints imposed by patent holders.
  • It has equal or better quality compared with formats that stuff DRM up your nose and get you sued in court.
  • You can share media files across P2P and different operating systems, and it will work on those computers because the specification of the formats are open.
  • No matter your needs, be it music, speech, video, playlists, or slideshows: open media will cover them.
  • If you help spread the word, then you will see more support and compatibility in portable players, which will benefit everyone.
  • You can buy music or videos online, and they won't be crippled with DRM.
  • You can save your bandwidth in case you author podcasts or stream content, and those will have better quality than when using proprietary formats.
  • The more people that use open media, the better formats you can expect in the future, so if you use open media you are making the world a little bit of a better place.
  • It's one of those little things that make you feel happier.
  • We'll lose our job if you don't use open media, and if we lose our job, I'll shoot this little bunny that I'm holding right now. I'M SERIOUS; DON'T MAKE ME KILL THE LITTLE BUNNY.


Milestone 0

  • Get accounts to key developers
  • Fill out this wiki with information from our discussions and slides

Milestone 1

  • Content, content, content! Seriously.
  • Wordpress theme based on mockup by Ivo and Sebastian Kraft's pirate-smile logo

Milestone 2

  • Prepare initial promotional campaigns.

Milestone 3

  • Add your point here!

Milestone 4

  • Add your point here!