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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RE[3]: Big picture...
by moondevil on Tue 26th Mar 2013 12:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Big picture..."
moondevil
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What part of your definition of open does this fail to qualify for?


Free from patents.

Until there is a world wide change to patent law, open source software will no longer hold to the dream it once had if the developers can get sued at any given moment.

This is an advantage of commercial software over open source.

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