For over a decade now, the MPEG-LA has been lobbing empty threats at Theora and the rest of the video world, with the goal to ingrain in the world's collective consciousness the idea that you can't create any video codec without stepping on the patents held by its licensors. Today, they started calling for people and companies to submit licenses that these people or companies believe might be essential to VP8.
"MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, announces a call for patents essential to the VP8 video codec specification used to deliver video images. The VP8 video codec is defined by the WebM Project at http://www.webmproject.org," the press release reads.
"In order to participate in the creation of, and determine licensing terms for, a joint VP8 patent license, any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the VP8 video codec specification is invited to submit them for a determination of their essentiality by MPEG LA’s patent evaluators," it adds.
It would seem that the MPEG-LA is getting a little bit nervous. They're looking at the massive market adoption of WebM/VP8 (browser majority, basically all chip makers except Intel), and they're seeing their license to mafia the entire video industry into paying protection money go up in smoke.
Dance monkey, dance.