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[6]: Here we go again
by galvanash on Tue 26th Mar 2013 19:40 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Here we go again"
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Do you have any idea how expensive it is to write software that is knowingly free of patent issues???

I was under impression VP8 guys doing exactly that.

Thats my point exactly. Google can afford it - a small OSS project with no corporate backing cannot and shouldn't even be expected to.

You may try to argue with ReactOS troll about "stolen art".

I never said I agreed with him. He is perfectly entitled to his conflicted viewpoint as far as I am concerned, Im not defending it... Im just saying that picking on him for not doing a full patent clearance on small, community driven OSS project is over the top - no one else does either.

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