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[8]: Big picture...
by galvanash on Tue 26th Mar 2013 16:25 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Big picture..."
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Any like statistics on this?

No, but do I need any? Isn't this obvious when you think about it. Name a patent lawsuit filed against a non-commercial entity...

Im not saying OSS is never involved with patent litigation... What I am saying is unless there is a commercial entity to sue (whether it be a significant contributor to the project or even just an end user) then no one files suit. Google gets sued. Autozone gets sued. DaimlerChrysler gets sued. OSS Projects rarely if ever get sued.

Even in this case with Google... On2 could have been sued at any time over the course of the last 20 years for their various codecs leading up to VP8. The reason there were no lawsuits wasn't that they didn't infringe, it was because there was no money in it (they were small potatoes).

Im not saying they did infringe either - Im saying it really doesn't matter much one way or the other unless you have enough money to be worth shaking down.

What happens if it isn't backed by a big commercial entity? What happens then.

Usually nothing. That is my point.

Anyway I live in sensible countries where there isn't software patents, there is copyright which is all that is really needed.

If only that were true in the US...

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