Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 16:00 UTC, submitted by aa
Multimedia, AV Well, well, well. The MPEG-LA is showing its true colours. After a decade of threatening to patent troll the living heck out of Theora, the company led by a patent troll has now finally put its money where its mouth is. Well, sort of. They don't actually have any patents yet, they're asking people to submit patents they believe are essential to the VP8 specification. Update: MPEG (so not the MPEG-LA) has announced its intent to develop a new video compression standard for the web which will be royalty-free. "The new standard is intended to achieve substantially better compression performance than that offered by MPEG-2 and possibly comparable to that offered by the AVC Baseline Profile. MPEG will issue a call for proposals on video compression technology at the end of its upcoming meeting in March 2011 that is expected to lead to a standard falling under ISO/IEC 'Type-1 licensing', i.e. intended to be 'royalty free'."
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RE: This is actually good
by elsewhere on Sat 12th Feb 2011 04:39 UTC in reply to "This is actually good"
elsewhere
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2005-07-13

This will be a great test for WebM. If MPEG-LA fails, it will be proven to be patent-free, even if they succeed, we'll know about the problems before head.

If would be much worse, if there were a submarine patent that's unearthed 5 years in the future, when everybody has already switched to WebM. That would be much like the GIF/MP3 disasters.


MPEG-LA isn't an authority though. They simply license the patents that are made available to them. It's entirely possible that a submarine patent is lying somewhere in wait for H.264. Unlikely, but MPEG-LA can't guarantee there isn't.

If you want to submarine webm, it wouldn't make sense to show your cards now, it could kill it before it takes off. Better to wait until it becomes more widespread.

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RE[2]: This is actually good
by vodoomoth on Sat 12th Feb 2011 12:37 in reply to "RE: This is actually good"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

" If would be much worse, if there were a submarine patent that's unearthed 5 years in the future, when everybody has already switched to WebM. That would be much like the GIF/MP3 disasters.


If you want to submarine webm, it wouldn't make sense to show your cards now, it could kill it before it takes off. Better to wait until it becomes more widespread.
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Guys, what are you saying? Wouldn't the judges dismiss the whole case with that obvious strategy?

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