Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st May 2010 06:49 UTC
Legal Let the spreading of FUD begin! Known patent troll Larry Horn, CEO of MPEG-LA, is clearly feeling the heat - a heat that might set fire to his company's license to print money. After a decade of empty threats towards Theora, the company is apparently putting its it's-impossible-to-create-a-video-codec-that-doesn't-infringe-on-our-stuff attitude into practice once again, by assembling a patent pool to go after VP8. Google, in the meantime, is not impressed.
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RE[2]: What a Joke
by Headrush on Fri 21st May 2010 21:22 UTC in reply to "RE: What a Joke"
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"Yet here we are the VP8 backers just doing the same thing

This is so funny, it's beyond sanity limits ;) You really don't see a difference between gathering troll power with the goal of running down the enemy, and gathering troll power to protect against being run down by the enemy? If so, then hey, why does any of this even matter to you?
You're missing my point entirely. The FUD part is preaching that come 2015 the MPEG-LA could sue every user in the chain of use, yet turning around and saying VP8 is the answer. We hope so but we can't be sure.

There are claims that parts of VP8 infringe on patents held by MPEG-LA. Whether true or not I don't know but this still creates an environment of uncertainty and we still have the possiblitiy of legal action against VP8 users just like with H.264. So things are still unclear.

My comments had absolutely nothing to do with not seeing a difference and was neither for or against VP8. Some of the responses show that people get lost in the reteric and thinks its you're an Apple/H.264 fanboi or VP8 supporter and everything you say must be towards that.

IMHO if we are going to worry about what the MPEG-LA could do in 2015, we should be just as wise to find out what issues we could be in for if VP8 could be infringing on patents in MPEG-LA's pool. If there are the situation hasn't necessarily improved and "Google says its OK" isn't good enough for me. We see crazy things in those Texas courts.

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