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: Does anyone use VP8?
by lemur2 on Sun 10th Mar 2013 07:27 UTC in reply to "Does anyone use VP8?"
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Does anyone use VP8? That's a serious question, I don't follow the video codec saga closely, I lose interest when my brswser plays videos without a problem, and my not very well informed perception was that VP8 had not got much traction. Anyone know how wide spread VP8 usage is?

Virtually all of Youtube video is encoded in VP8. If you get a "youtube downloader" extension (say for firefox), then you will see a .webm version as one of those available for download for almost every video.

Skype uses VP8.

All Android mobile devices since Gingerbread (version 2.3) support VP8.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 : Sixth Generation VP8 Hardware Accelerators Released

The VP8 hardware cores have now been licensed to over 80 chip companies, and both the decoder and encoder are in mass production from a number of partners.

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