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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Google may have won, but we all lost.
by kristoph on Sun 10th Mar 2013 17:52 UTC
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Whatever it is that Google 'won' the point is that in this deal they re-affirmed. patent law, the existence of MPEG-LA and basically the ridiculous notion that to make a video codec you need to pay people off.

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