Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Mar 2013 21:09 UTC
Legal Late last week, Nokia dropped what many consider to be a bomb on the WebM project: a list of patents that VP8 supposedly infringes in the form of an IETF IPR declaration. The list has made the rounds around the web, often reported as proof that VP8 infringes upon Nokia's patents. All this stuff rang a bell. Haven't we been here before? Yup, we have, with another open source codec called Opus. Qualcomm and Huawei made the same claims as Nokia did, but they turned out to be complete bogus. As it turns out, this is standard practice in the dirty business of the patent licensing industry.
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Good for VP8, bad for Nokia PR
by chithanh on Mon 25th Mar 2013 23:34 UTC
chithanh
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2006-06-18

It seems that Google eliminating the MPEG LA from the picture was not enough.
But now that the patents that Nokia thinks may apply to VP8 have been disclosed, they can be analyzed in greater detail and in the end the codec will have much uncertainty removed about its patent situation.

Nokia itself is currently digging a PR hole. Several previously impartial observers have now voiced their disapprovement of the company and its practices. Actually, only the usual Microsoft apologists defend Nokia now.

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