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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RE[5]: Comment by Nelson
by RshPL on Thu 7th Mar 2013 23:27 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Nelson"
RshPL
Member since:
2009-03-13

To defend the devil, H264 could be as vulnerable to OnTech patents as VP8 is to MPEG-LA ones. That gives some amount of safety. While patent sanctuary is definitely a stretch, one should not succumb to FUD - and that is what Google in my opinion is fighting for.

As we established in other thread, anything could be patent encumbered so why not make a case for not using zlib, XML or any other technology now widely in use.

Let's not succumb to FUD.

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RE[6]: Comment by Nelson
by lemur2 on Fri 8th Mar 2013 02:12 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Nelson"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

To defend the devil, H264 could be as vulnerable to OnTech patents as VP8 is to MPEG-LA ones.


Precisely. The whole arrangement seems to be simply a case of agreeing that "You don't sue me, and I won't sue you".

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RE[7]: Comment by Nelson
by jared_wilkes on Fri 8th Mar 2013 02:47 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Nelson"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Where's the line about MPEGLA or any of its licensors taking a license for ON2 technologies?

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