Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Mar 2013 21:09 UTC
Legal Late last week, Nokia dropped what many consider to be a bomb on the WebM project: a list of patents that VP8 supposedly infringes in the form of an IETF IPR declaration. The list has made the rounds around the web, often reported as proof that VP8 infringes upon Nokia's patents. All this stuff rang a bell. Haven't we been here before? Yup, we have, with another open source codec called Opus. Qualcomm and Huawei made the same claims as Nokia did, but they turned out to be complete bogus. As it turns out, this is standard practice in the dirty business of the patent licensing industry.
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RE[3]: Here we go again
by Valhalla on Tue 26th Mar 2013 09:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Here we go again"
Valhalla
Member since:
2006-01-24

and it's certainly not being used to compete with any patent holders.

Only because it is as of yet (and sadly likely always will be) too incomplete to pose as a viable alternative to Microsoft's own Windows. That is hardly through intent though, but rather due to lack of developers and resources. Or are you deliberately making sure it's not 'too compatible'?

Google knowingly infringes on patents

What patents would these be? I'd say Google would be crazy to knowingly infringe on patents given how much of a target they are.

Not going to court over patent claims is not the same as actually being guilty over patent infringement. As we've seen over and over again, patents are promiscuously granted by USPTO and their actual worth is up to a court to decide.

Court cases are long, expensive and also they seem sometimes to be hard to predict (unless they're in east Texas). So it's often a last resort as it's still a risk even if you are certain you are not infringing.

releases it as free software and then tries to control the internet with its stolen art.

How would they 'control the internet' with the royalty free vp8 (I'm assuming that is what you refer to with 'stolen art') ?

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RE[4]: Here we go again
by Vanders on Tue 26th Mar 2013 10:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Here we go again"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

How would they 'control the internet' with the royalty free vp8 (I'm assuming that is what you refer to with 'stolen art') ?

Quite. I can't help fell that I'm in backwards world, where open source, royalty free code is "proprietary", trying to give it away is "control" and deliberately throwing a spanner in the works of standardisation is "collaboration".

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RE[5]: Here we go again
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 26th Mar 2013 10:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Here we go again"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

It's Google hate.

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