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[2]: Dude, WTF? Really?
by jackeebleu on Tue 26th Mar 2013 13:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Dude, WTF? Really?"
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So we should probably wait for the gloating of MPEG-LA about it.

Whats to gloat? They infringed, they paid. but don't act like it didn't happen, don't act like, "Oh, we've been here behavior". Its more predatory behavior from the same fucks that brought us , don't be evil, and I'll be damned if that slogan shouldn't be sitting there right alongside "fair and balanced"

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RE[3]: Dude, WTF? Really?
by Thaylin on Tue 26th Mar 2013 14:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Dude, WTF? Really?"
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Prof they infringed? You know that just because someone settled does no mean they infringed. It could mean the cost of litigation was much more that the settlement. That is the largest problem with patent fights in my opinion. The loser should shoulder the entire expense.

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RE[3]: Dude, WTF? Really?
by Vanders on Tue 26th Mar 2013 20:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Dude, WTF? Really?"
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They infringed, they paid.

No one has said that Google were infringing. Not even the MPEG-LA. You or I have no idea if VP8 really did infringe on those handful of patents the MPEG-LA had pooled.

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RE[4]: Dude, WTF? Really?
by lucas_maximus on Tue 26th Mar 2013 20:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Dude, WTF? Really?"
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Google would not hand over cash money otherwise would they?

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