Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Mar 2013 23:16 UTC
Google This. This is what we need. These are the kind of steps from which we all benefit. Google has just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge: the company promises not to sue any users, distributors, or developers of open source products based on the patents it owns (unless first attacked).
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RE[6]: Hyperbole
by galvanash on Mon 1st Apr 2013 00:19 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Hyperbole"
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Uhh...MPEG-LA has already said VERY plainly that "There will be NO downstream agreements"

So "No", then?

I think I get what you are driving at, and the Google agreement is in fact a form of downstream agreement - so you are technically right...

But the tricky part is that the agreement between Google and MPEGLA only applies to VP8. It is, in effect, granting license to any MPEGLA patents that VP8 may be exercising, but only when applied to actual implementations of VP8. It does not grant Google blanket rights to the patents, and subsequently does not apply to downstream agreements, unless that are specifically implementations of VP8. More importantly, it does not give Google patent protection for h.264 implementations or anything related to DRM, or the right to sublicense them.

In light of this (and I am pretty sure I am right here), what does that agreement have to do with Mozilla and implementing DRM for HTML5? The previous poster is right - it has no bearing at all... Mozilla is in exactly the same boat they were always in as far as h.264 and DRM patents go...

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