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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RE[10]: Comment by Nelson
by TechGeek on Sat 9th Mar 2013 17:43 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by Nelson"
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What do you think they got a license for? Do you actually think MPEG is issuing free licenses?

They made the deal to avoid the "appearance" of being patent liable. That is not anywhere even in the same ball park as actually patent encumbered. Keep in mind that most of the people who want VP8 to be patent encumbered are the people pushing h.264. For a little bit of money, Google has now taken away their sharp pointy stick. AND Google can still give away the technology so as to be in compliance with W3C. For this being an epic fail for Google, how did they manage to come out with something that even h.264 can't achieve? This is a win for Google if it gets VP8 as the next web standard.

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