Google's WebM Video Might not be 'Royalty Free' For Long

Friday May 21st 2010 by Developer.com Staff
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It took just one day for MPEG LA to consider creating a patent license pool for Google's new WebM video format they announced on Wednesday.

The day after Google announced that VP8 would be open sourced and royalty free, MPEG LA is planning a patent pool license for VP8.

MPEG LA is the consortium that controls the H.264 video standard.

All Things Digital's John Paczkowski asked MPEG LA CEO Larry Horn if the group is planning to create a license pool for the WebM open source format Google announced on Wednesday based on the VP8 codec.

"Yes, in view of the marketplace uncertainties regarding patent licensing needs for such technologies," Horn responded via e-mail, "there have been expressions of interest from the market urging us to facilitate formation of licenses that would address the market’s need for a convenient one-stop marketplace alternative to negotiating separate licenses with individual patent holders in accessing essential patent rights for VP8 as well as other codecs, and we are looking into the prospects of doing so."

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