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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FUD (but so what?)
by ndrw on Fri 8th Mar 2013 18:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
ndrw
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2009-06-30

I think everyone, even MPEG LA, agrees that the possibility of exploitable patents being infringed in VP8 is minimal. The deal actually confirms it - MPEG LA would have never given VP8 green light if they had a real chance to stop it.

But, the risk of losing a court case is not the same as having one. The latter is much higher and potential damage is only slightly smaller. It doesn't matter if you go bust because of a $10M penalty or $0.1M costs of defending yourself.

Big companies (like Google or Samsung) don't care because the can afford the cost of a court battle. It does not affect individuals because the only thing MPEG LA can do with millions of "infringers" is to spread FUD. But there are a lot of middle-size companies that could have shipped products using VP8 but have instead decided to pay a couple of bucks for h.264 license to avoid spending $100k on lawyers. This deal takes the risk of having a legal action away, and clearly Google expects this will bring more VP8-enabled products and services to the market.

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RE: FUD (but so what?)
by jared_wilkes on Fri 8th Mar 2013 19:43 in reply to "FUD (but so what?)"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

"I think everyone..."

Stop right there! You've already shown your thinking to be faulty.

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