Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Mar 2013 13:07 UTC
Multimedia, AV A few days ago, Google and the MPEG-LA announced that they had come to an agreement under which Google received a license for techniques in VP8 that may infringe upon MPEG-LA patents (note the 'if any'). Only a few days later, we learn the real reason behind Google and the MPEG-LA striking a deal, thanks to The H Open, making it clear that the MPEG-LA has lost. Big time. Update: Chris Montgomery: "The wording suggests Google paid some money to grease this along, and the agreement wording is interesting [and instructive] but make no mistake: Google won. Full stop."
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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 10th Mar 2013 15:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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While the MPEG LA might have gotten their share, things remain more dubious for VP8 because there are likely legitimate stake owners with patents that are not part of the deal with the MPEG LA and are not obligated to any FRAND terms.


You do realise that the same applies to H.264, right? A patent holder who didn't pledge his patent to MPEG-LA could just as much target H.264 as it could target VP8. This point has been raised a million times over the years, and H.264 and MPEG-LA supporters never address it.

Edited 2013-03-10 15:30 UTC

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