Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Mar 2013 20:47 UTC
Legal "Google and MPEG LA announced today that they have entered into agreements granting Google a license to techniques that may be essential to VP8 and earlier-generation VPx video compression technologies under patents owned by 11 patent holders. The agreements also grant Google the right to sublicense those techniques to any user of VP8, whether the VP8 implementation is by Google or another entity. It further provides for sublicensing those VP8 techniques in one next-generation VPx video codec. As a result of the agreements, MPEG LA will discontinue its effort to form a VP8 patent pool." The word that stood out to me: the auxiliary verb 'may', which has a rather low epistemic modality. To me, this indicates that this is not so much a clear-cut case of VP8 infringing upon patents, but more a precautionary move on Google's part.
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Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Thu 7th Mar 2013 20:53 UTC
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It is an implicit admission of what people have been saying all along, that it ranges from unlikely to impossible that VP8 doesn't infringe at least on some of the innovations covered by the MPEG LA patent pool.

It was always foolish for some of the VP8 proponents to claim that it wasn't a patent encumbered implementation simply because Google told them so.

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