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[4]: Comment by Nelson
by TechGeek on Mon 11th Mar 2013 00:08 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
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"Great, allow me to address it then: It doesn't matter.

What does matter is VP8 proponents claiming that VP8 is magically safer. No one is claiming that H264 is completely absolved from any and all patent risk, precisely because such a claim is absurd.

This has never been about saying that H264 is safer, but that VP8 is not safer.

Here's a list of the H.264 licencors, just look at how long that list is and the names on it.

On the other hand, you have Google, the biggest advertiser on the planet (their major(only?) source of profit) with VP8.

What a dilemma.

Know who ISNT on that list? Motorola. Their h.264 patents are NOT part of the MPEG-LA and may be exactly why this deal was made in favor of Google.

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