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[ZDNet] First legal shots fired at Google's VP8 codec

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Google wants to make its VP8 video codec a patent-free standard. The competition just threw down the first big challenge to that strategy.

MPEG-LA, the group that manages the licensing of patents for the H.264 codec, announced today that it is forming a patent pool and gathering claims from companies that believe they have patents essential to the VP8 codec:

MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, announces a call for patents essential to the VP8 video codec specification used to deliver video images. The VP8 video codec is defined by the WebM Project at http://www.webmproject.org.

In order to participate in the creation of, and determine licensing terms for, a joint VP8 patent license, any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the VP8 video codec specification is invited to submit them for a determination of their essentiality by MPEG LA’s patent evaluators. At least one essential patent is necessary to participate in the process, and initial submissions should be made by March 18, 2011. Although only issued patents will be included in the license, in order to participate in the license development process, patent applications with claims that their owners believe are essential to the specification and likely to issue in a patent also may be submitted. Further information, along with terms and procedures governing patent submissions, can be found at http://www.mpegla.com/main/pid/vp8/default.aspx.

This development isn’t a complete surprise. As I noted previously, Larry Horn, CEO of MPEG LA, has gone on record with suggestions that this day would arrive:
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Interesting... Google must have a bulls eye on their chest now..
Edited by _GTech - 2/11/11 at 12:18pm
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I dont know why Google gets attacked so much. I like their business model much better than say Microsoft.

Also I think vp8 intended use is going to be in mobile phones.
Edited by dlee7283 - 2/11/11 at 2:56pm
    
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Bit of a dick move there...

Considering that they are dealing with the largest provider of H.264 video on the net as well as the largest smartphone platform in the world, MPEG LA sure has some balls. Google could wreck them by stripping H.264 support from Youtube and Android, which would also remove Youtube from iOS, and before they knew it H.264 would essentially be a Blu-ray codec.
    
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Bit of a dick move there...
agreed
MPEG LA worried about losing it´s vice like grip.
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Bit of a dick move there...

Considering that they are dealing with the largest provider of H.264 video on the net as well as the largest smartphone platform in the world, MPEG LA sure has some balls. Google could wreck them by stripping H.264 support from Youtube and Android, which would also remove Youtube from iOS, and before they knew it H.264 would essentially be a Blu-ray codec.
Thats what i would do. Google is ok they are pro open source and try and keep things free or very cheap to the public. I just dont get why people call them the devil. But ya i would strip this company from the web.
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Google is getting attacked by everyone.... It's like when I play CIV IV. I build up an awesome economy, and all the other countries start to wage war with me. Of course, I'm not too threatened by them. I'll squash them later. I'm trying to build my rocket ship.
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Honestly, I think that's what google is doing.
They are building a powerbase and fanboys like me right now.

In about 20 years, when they own everything, then we'll see what happens.
But until then, Google is my homeboy.
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All these patent trolls.. need to die
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They're all just jelly of the successes Google is having recently.
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It's all about money. That's all it is.
 
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