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[2]: Comment by smitty
by lemur2 on Sat 12th Feb 2011 11:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by smitty"
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"MPEG-LA is clearly seeing that VP8 is about to take off, this is their only chance to stop it.

I doubt their interest is in stopping VP8. They merely want to get their share

They don't have a share of WebM.

I'm not saying they don't want to take a share, I'm saying only that they don't have one.

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