MPEG-LA Gearing Up To Go Patent Nuclear On Google's Decision To Release Open Video Standard
from the get-the-lawyers-ready dept
Of course, you didn't think that MPEG-LA would take that calmly, did you? MPEG-LA's boss claims he's working to create a patent pool around VP8... meaning that what Google insists is now royalty free, might not end up being royalty free if MPEG-LA has its way. Of course, the good news here is that you now have Google's cash around to back up any potential patent fight, but it may take years (and years and years) before any resolution comes of it. And, in the end, for MPEG-LA, that might be the real goal. If it can just create enough uncertainty around VP8 through patent threats and lawsuits (even if it loses), it might hope that it can retain its hold on the market with H.264.