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 Valhalla on Fri 8th Mar 2013 19:15 UTC in reply to "RE[12]: Comment by Nelson"
Valhalla
Member since:
2006-01-24

Why not? Apple licenses mpeg patents and gives it to users for free.

Bullshit, Apple licences mpeg patents for their products for which they charge you money, it's not free, that licence cost is baked into the asking price.

You can use Google's V8 for free without buying or using any Google products.

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RE[14]: Comment by Nelson
by zima on Mon 11th Mar 2013 00:06 in reply to "RE[13]: Comment by Nelson"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Hm, you can download Windows version of iTunes for free, and use it without buying anything...

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