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    Default Google & MPEG LA Reach VP8 Agreement

    Phoronix: Google & MPEG LA Reach VP8 Agreement

    MPEG LA will not be forming a patent pool to go after Google's "royalty-free" VP8 video format...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTMyMTA

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    Right, now does anyone have a Legal Speak to English translation?

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    So does this mean MPEG-LA has caved in to Google, after VP8 has been proven to be a very solid alternative to the patent-encumbered H264 family of codecs?

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    That makes it a bit clearer, but... So MPEG LA wanted to find proof that VP8 was covered by software patents, but couldn't find enough, and now they officially gave up? It doesn't sound like a particularly important change...

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    It might not seem like much, but this is an important change.

    The MPEG-LA was saying that they were putting together a patent pool since (they claimed) VP8 infringed on their members' patents. Apple was against WebM as the standard video format for HTML5 due to the "uncertain patent landscape". The major opposing force will have officially and publically declared "VP8 is dandy, no worries from us about patents there", so hopefully everybody can breathe more easily.

    When the terms of the sublicensing are made public, there should be no cause for uncertainty: every web browser can implement WebM, and every operating system can have WebM support out of the box.

    Assuming the sublicensing terms are good, this means there's a high-quality, open-standard, royalty-free video codec that can be used by anybody for any purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatEmerald View Post
    That makes it a bit clearer, but... So MPEG LA wanted to find proof that VP8 was covered by software patents, but couldn't find enough, and now they officially gave up? It doesn't sound like a particularly important change...
    There is no significant change for individual users, but it affect many corporations who don't want pay for MPEG-4.
    The potential risk of being sued by MPEG LA will make many companies use MPEG-4 instead of WebM.

    Now we may see wider usage of WebM, and hoping Google will continue to improve its image quality (WebM is terrible for HD compared with x264 implementation).

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