John Paczkowski

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C’mon in, the VP8 Patent Pool’s Warm

The MPEG LA’s call for patents essential to the VP8 video codec specification, part of Google’s new WebM video format, have been answered.

A dozen times over.

In an interview with StreamingMedia.com, MPEG LA, the consortium that controls the AVC/H.264 video standard, said 12 companies have come forward with patents believed to be essential to the VP8 standard. “MPEG LA met with VP8 essential patent holders in late June to facilitate a discussion among them whether and on what terms they may want to create a VP8 patent pool license and is continuing to facilitate that discussion,” a representative explained.

So who are these patent holders? MPEG LA won’t say (Certainly, it’s no one on this list). But if they agree to form a patent pool license, Google’s royalty-free video standard may not be royalty free for much longer.


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik