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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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Sun 10th Mar 2013 18:07 UTC
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Does Theora violate some broad patent?
Almost certainly.

Would said patent possibly be voided if it were brought up in court and scrutinised? Possibly.

So it’s not just a case of the MPEG-LA saying that Theora violates their patents, they know they must also beat a games of chess ahead of time with an opponent whose moves predates their own.

Kroc - 1st May 2010

I believed then the MPEG-LA were blustering, and that since the VP codecs pre-dated H.264, they had not much to stand on but noise.

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