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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Comment by Tractor
by Tractor on Tue 26th Mar 2013 12:49 UTC
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Well, Nokia is in bad shape today (thanks to Elop's "Burning Platform" strategy), and therefore has enough good reasons to uses its patent pool to attack anywhere and grab some protection money whenever it can,

on the other hand, it can be noted that Nokia is now little more than an MS's puppet, directly controlled by an MS's lieutenant.

Therefore, it must quite a coincidence if Nokia chooses to attack Google's VP8 now, but don't do the same on Microsoft assets.

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