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 JAlexoid on Mon 11th Mar 2013 03:41 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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It is worth putting into context "End-users" here, end users cannot be targeted by the MPEG LA for patent litigation unless they are part of the distribution chain of the unlicensed publication -- in other words, if you're just hitting play on a video on the web, the extent of your liability is limited by United States patent law.

Nope. End users can be targeted with patent infringement lawsuits. Anyone benefiting from the invention is liable. The law only has patent exhaustion, that is if you have a licensed decoder you are free from liability(and even that has limitations). If you do not have a licensed decoder, you are as liable as anyone in the distribution chain.

The patent owner can sue everyone, but usually sues the most valuable target.

If end users were free from patent lawsuits, then patents on manufacturing processes would be useless.(As the end-user of the patented manufacturing process is the manufacturer)

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