Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Apr 2011 11:48 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Multimedia, AV And the fight continues. Only a few months after the desperate move by the MPEG-LA to get anyone - anyone - to submit patents to a possible WebM patent pool, Google and the WebM community have struck back. A whole slew of major companies have formed the WebM Community Cross-License initiative, basically a sort-of Open Invention Network for WebM.
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FFMPEG LA is safe
by zimbatm on Tue 26th Apr 2011 13:20 UTC
zimbatm
Member since:
2005-08-22

FFMPEG doesn't use their technologies and thus can't be sued for them. That is, unless the WebM group has a patent on extortion.

What could happen is a cross-fire where the WebM group sues FFMPEG customers (Microsoft, Apple, ..) and vice-versa, which would hurt everybody excepts the lawyers.

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RE: FFMPEG LA is safe
by ichi on Tue 26th Apr 2011 13:44 in reply to "FFMPEG LA is safe"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

I guess you mean MPEG-LA, not FFMPEG.

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RE[2]: FFMPEG LA is safe
by Adurbe on Tue 26th Apr 2011 23:10 in reply to "RE: FFMPEG LA is safe"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

his point is correct (if i read it correctly) as many of the codecs are white-room implementations of patented codecs.

if sue one, why not the other (and many linux distros which include in in their products)

edit: yes, i know, money...

Edited 2011-04-26 23:10 UTC

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RE: FFMPEG LA is safe
by Neolander on Tue 26th Apr 2011 15:27 in reply to "FFMPEG LA is safe"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I'm confused... Are you talking about ffmpeg (great multimedia transcoding software) or about the MPEG-LA (large organization whose main role is to accumulate patent from a range of business actors, flagship product of the organization itself being lawsuits) ?

Edited 2011-04-26 15:29 UTC

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