Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Mar 2013 13:07 UTC
Multimedia, AV A few days ago, Google and the MPEG-LA announced that they had come to an agreement under which Google received a license for techniques in VP8 that may infringe upon MPEG-LA patents (note the 'if any'). Only a few days later, we learn the real reason behind Google and the MPEG-LA striking a deal, thanks to The H Open, making it clear that the MPEG-LA has lost. Big time. Update: Chris Montgomery: "The wording suggests Google paid some money to grease this along, and the agreement wording is interesting [and instructive] but make no mistake: Google won. Full stop."
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12 patent holders came forward to join the MPEG LA patent pool. It never materialized, because as a result of Google's licensing of the patents in question, it was unnecessary from the MPEG LA's perspective.

Some companies (nowhere near the entirety of H.264 licensors) said ‘we may have patents that read on this standard’, little happened for over a year, MPEG-LA then put out a press release that they are abolishing setting up a VP8 pool.
And you take it as a certainty that Google must have paid to have that not happen?

I’m unsure you fathom the size of this news, MPEG-LA have resigned themselves and said their reach does not cover WebM. That’s it, FUD over, move on.

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