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[2]: drawing a long bow
by lemur2 on Tue 6th Aug 2013 14:39 UTC in reply to "RE: drawing a long bow"
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It's the other way around, Android gives Google a leverage to promote VP8. If someone doesn't want VP8 to succeed, they sue vendors so they become reluctant to include it in their ROMs. If someone just wants to sue a vendor, VP8, being a complex piece of software, gives more opportunities to throw in some patents.

In the mobile world, VP8 is embedded in hardware (ARM SoCs).

The latest ARM SoCs, except those from Apple, Qualcomm and Sony, implement VP8 in hardware.

This is due to the fact that VP8 is one of the core media formats within the Android Multimedia Framework:

If an OEM wants to advertise compliant "Android" from version 2.3 onwards, then their platform must include VP8.

If an OEM implements VP8 in hardware, then an owner of a software patent is out of luck, since patents do not cover the "idea" of an invention, but rather the "method" of implementing an invention. Hardware is not the same method as software.

Edited 2013-08-06 14:42 UTC

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