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[5]: Dude, WTF? Really?
by Vanders on Tue 26th Mar 2013 21:16 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Dude, WTF? Really?"
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Google would not hand over cash money otherwise would they?

If their options were 1) Hand over the cash and the problem goes away 2) Spend the same plus some on a long, drawn out court case and subsequent appeals, why not chose 1?

Either way, there are only two entities who know whether Google were infringing: Google and the MPEG-LA. Google have continued to say that they didn't infringe and the MPEG-LA are staying silent on the matter.

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