Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Mar 2013 20:47 UTC
Legal "Google and MPEG LA announced today that they have entered into agreements granting Google a license to techniques that may be essential to VP8 and earlier-generation VPx video compression technologies under patents owned by 11 patent holders. The agreements also grant Google the right to sublicense those techniques to any user of VP8, whether the VP8 implementation is by Google or another entity. It further provides for sublicensing those VP8 techniques in one next-generation VPx video codec. As a result of the agreements, MPEG LA will discontinue its effort to form a VP8 patent pool." The word that stood out to me: the auxiliary verb 'may', which has a rather low epistemic modality. To me, this indicates that this is not so much a clear-cut case of VP8 infringing upon patents, but more a precautionary move on Google's part.
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No grear surprise.
by westlake on Thu 7th Mar 2013 22:54 UTC
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There are about thirty H.264 licensors.

Giants in manufacturing and R&D, most of them. Mitsubishi, Philips, and so on.

1200 licensees.

For all practical purposes, the entire global video industry.

Every link in the chain from the video camera to the video display.

HEVC/H.265 is looking damn good. Too good for someone playing catch-up like Google.

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RE: No grear surprise.
by shmerl on Thu 7th Mar 2013 22:56 in reply to "No grear surprise."
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Golden ball and chain don't look that good.

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