Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 12:05 UTC
Legal Good news:

Today a court in Mannheim, Germany, ruled that VP8 does not infringe a patent owned and asserted by Nokia. This decision is an important and positive step towards the WebM Project's ultimate goal: ensuring the web community has an open, high-quality, freely licensed video codec. Google's intervention in the underlying lawsuit (Nokia v. HTC) was a strong show of support for open standards like VP8.

I guess they'll have to dig out another patent somewhere to try and undermine Android, since Nokia isn't having much luck competing with Android by, you know, actually selling stuff. How the mighty have fallen, huh?

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RE: drawing a long bow
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 12:51 UTC in reply to "drawing a long bow"
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

It's a way to get devices banned. A small infringement, et voila, you can ban a device (well, unless Obama steps in, of course). Sadly, that's how this works.

On top of that, there's the issue of raising the costs of Android for OEM. Apple, Microsoft, and Nokia benefit from raising the licensing costs for Android to make Android phones more expensive for consumers.

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