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[3]: Comment by Nelson
by lemur2 on Fri 8th Mar 2013 01:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
lemur2
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I thought VP8 was not patent encumbered? Kinda throws that right out of the window.


You are partly correct ... VP8 is patent encumbered, but Google gives everyone an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free license to use the patents embedded in VP8 which Google owns.


11 companies apparently had ambit claims that they had patented techniques which also applied to VP8. To head off possible (dubious) claims of infringement and subsequent lawsuits, without any admission that those techniques do apply:

FTA:
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.


So the situation remains almost as before ... anyone and everyone still has an irrevocable, perpetual royalty-free right to use and/or implement VP8. The only difference now is that the vague threat from MPEG LA of lawsuits against VP8 has now been eliminated as a possibility.

So you might say that any threat of a lawsuit has been thrown right out of the window.

Edited 2013-03-08 02:01 UTC

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