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[13]: Here we go again
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 26th Mar 2013 14:45 UTC in reply to "RE[12]: Here we go again"
Thom_Holwerda
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If the majority of people can use flash or h264 to view video content, then surely that is open enough?


It isn't. The MPEG-LA has made it VERY clear they will NOT shy away from suing individuals if they violate the H.264 licenses. Considering anybody who makes money off an encoded video violates said license (since even professional cameras and software do not allow for commercial usage of H.264 content), this is far less unlikely than you think.

The web should not move from one crippling and shackling technology - Flash - to another - H.264. That's moving sideways, not forwards.

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