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[4]: Big picture...
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 26th Mar 2013 12:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Big picture..."
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

This is an advantage of commercial software over open source.


Right, because Microsoft, Apple, and others never get sued over patents on closed source software.

Wait.

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RE[5]: Big picture...
by lucas_maximus on Tue 26th Mar 2013 13:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Big picture..."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

He didn't say that.

More pointing out that this will continue to go on as long as these patents are around and it doesn't happen nearly as often in commercial software.

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RE[6]: Big picture...
by galvanash on Tue 26th Mar 2013 14:34 in reply to "RE[5]: Big picture..."
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

He didn't say that.

More pointing out that this will continue to go on as long as these patents are around and it doesn't happen nearly as often in commercial software.


That is completely the opposite of reality. Commercial software ends up in patent litigation FAR more often than open source software. Why on earth would you think it is the other way around???

...and even if that were not true... The issue here is not that the software is open - it is that it is being backed by a commercial entity with a bank roll and an agenda. Community backed OSS (the far more common scenario) is virtually immune to patent litigation. There is no one with money to get a judgement from, and even if there were try getting a court to calculate damages when the infringing product is free and there are no profits to go after...

Sorry, but the patent problem is ignored by most of the OSS world - it is commercial entities that are suffering with this problem.

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RE[5]: Big picture...
by moondevil on Tue 26th Mar 2013 14:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Big picture..."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

"This is an advantage of commercial software over open source.


Right, because Microsoft, Apple, and others never get sued over patents on closed source software.
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They get sued by what is seen in the UI, not implementation code.

Edited 2013-03-26 14:24 UTC

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