Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Apr 2011 11:48 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Multimedia, AV And the fight continues. Only a few months after the desperate move by the MPEG-LA to get anyone - anyone - to submit patents to a possible WebM patent pool, Google and the WebM community have struck back. A whole slew of major companies have formed the WebM Community Cross-License initiative, basically a sort-of Open Invention Network for WebM.
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Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

Just look at who created mp3 format.

Fraunhofer IIS, University of Hannover, AT&T-Bell Labs, Thomson-Brandt, CCETT.

Basically they are companies that specialize in this sort of technology, like On2 Technologies ( the originators of VP8, Theora). Not what I would deem as patent trolls, they made money off of various products that used their codecs as well as licensing them directly to companies. MPEG-LA isn't that bad of an idea in theory: a one stop shop for licensing of standard codecs. But, obviously a codec that requires no licensing at all is even better. Free codecs are a threat to the codec licensing market and all of the companies that sell through it.

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