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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TechGeek
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if the whole thing went to court there would most likle be a hand full of patents google infrigens wieth vp8

but there definitely would be many casualties among the MPEG-LAs patents



I also think that some of the MPEG-LA codecs would be found infringing ON2 patents as well. While Google may be standing in a patent minefield, so is every other member of the MPEG-LA. One wrong step could lead to everyone getting blown up.

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