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[13]: Comment by Nelson
by lemur2 on Fri 8th Mar 2013 02:48 UTC in reply to "RE[12]: Comment by Nelson"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Yup. Skype used VP8 before it was purchased by Microsoft and it still does today. In what way is Microsoft supporting VP8 now more than yesterday?


Not the point. In what way does Microsoft using VP8 in one of its products indicate that Microsoft thinks VP8 is technically inferior?

That is the question.

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RE[14]: Comment by Nelson
by jared_wilkes on Fri 8th Mar 2013 02:50 in reply to "RE[13]: Comment by Nelson"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Well, it was Nelson's point so it makes your comment irrelevant.

However, It's used in significantly fewer products than h.264. Certainly doesn't indicate they think it's superior.

Edited 2013-03-08 02:52 UTC

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RE[15]: Comment by Nelson
by lemur2 on Fri 8th Mar 2013 02:53 in reply to "RE[14]: Comment by Nelson"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Well, it was Nelson's point so it makes your comment irrelevant.

However, It's used in significantly fewer products than h.264. Certainly doesn't indicate they think it's superior.


Microsoft's objections to VP8 have all been directed at patent threats, not technical inferiority.

Patent threat has now been removed.

Edited 2013-03-08 02:54 UTC

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