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[10]: Comment by Nelson
by Beta on Sun 10th Mar 2013 22:17 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by Nelson"
Beta
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You're being dishonest. The MPEG LA is a pool of patent holders who agree to sell you a license to their patents at a group rate. WebM has an HTML page.


The licence of use for WebM excludes you from suing other members of the group without revoking your own right to use the technology; now that Google has a signed and public agreement from MPEG-LA that ‘no, our mpeg licensors patents do not read upon WebM’, there’s a big bloody community of companies that cannot sue anyone for the use of WebM either in the interest of their shareholders or because of estoppel.

By comparison, H.264 has only a gentlement’s agreement.

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