Linked by David Adams on Thu 4th Aug 2011 19:22 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Multimedia, AV In a blog post, John Luther, the Project Manager of Google's WebM Project, has announced that Skype now supports the VP8 codec. The VP8 support is already available for Windows users who are using Skype 5.5. VP8 will be used to encode and decode the Skype video call if both the caller and receiver have clients that support the codec.
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Comment by Radio
by Radio on Thu 4th Aug 2011 20:44 UTC
Radio
Member since:
2009-06-20

VP8 and WebM have been under constant threat from the MPEG-LA. The MPEG-LA alleges that it violates patents of its members. Interestingly, Microsoft too is a part of the MPEG-LA.

So, right now we have a company that is being acquired by Microsoft supporting a video codec which Microsoft along with its other friends at the MPEG-LA is targeting with its patent pool. Interesting indeed.


...No comment.

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RE: Comment by Radio
by Lennie on Thu 4th Aug 2011 21:52 in reply to "Comment by Radio"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I guess as they own the patents, they can use it. :-)

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RE: Comment by Radio
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 4th Aug 2011 22:50 in reply to "Comment by Radio"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Eh, there's more nuance to it than that. Microsoft may or may not be one of the companies that has claimed to hold a patent that is violated by VP8/webM. They are holders of other patents that are licensed by MPEG-LA.

Microsoft isn't the problem when it comes to software patents. If Microsoft disappeared over night. , we'd still have problems with them. They're intrinsicly bad and cause problems in the industry. They turn everyone into hypocrites. The only ones who aren't are the ones that can't violate any software patents: ie those that only hold them, ie patent trolls.

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