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[11]: Comment by Nelson
by lemur2 on Sun 10th Mar 2013 07:15 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by Nelson"
lemur2
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Of course, Google has plenty of means to know how many licenses are issued. They can directly measure their own device sales and they can monitor OEM sales too.


This doesn't count developers (other than Google) writing their own code for VP8.

Here is Google's code, called libvpx:
http://www.webmproject.org/code/

Here is ffmpeg's code, called ffvp8:
http://x264dev.multimedia.cx/archives/499

VLC writes their own VP8 code, I believe, as does Mozilla and Skype.

How can Google possibly be expected to keep track of all these third parties writing VP8 code? It is true to say that all these parties are licensed for VP8, but that is because Google grants everybody an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free (zero cost) license to use and/or implement VP8.

All of these downstream third parties are now granted a license for the 11 patents from MPEG LA, also.

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.


Edited 2013-03-10 07:18 UTC

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