Re: [rtcweb] Congratuiations on the Cisco announcement - but we still prefer VP8

Basil Mohamed Gohar <basilgohar@librevideo.org> Mon, 04 November 2013 17:49 UTC

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On 11/04/2013 12:32 PM, Hutton, Andrew wrote:
> On: 03 November 2013 20:20 Randell Jesup Wrote:
> 
> 
>>
>> IANAPL (I Am Not A Patent Lawyer) - but if you make an image that
>> includes Cisco's plugin for imaging machines, that would be a violation
>> of the rules - you would be the one distributing it to end-use
>> systems.  While you're unlikely to get pinged on it, the company
>> lawyers may not see it that way, and it might show up flagged in an
>> audit, and IT guys don't like that.
>>
> 
> I also have a concern about this issue and made the same assumption however yesterday I was told by one of the Cisco experts that as long as it is the owner of the end devices (i.e. An enterprise) that is doing the distribution that would be within the rules. However IANAPL and those that are will need to examine the small print. 
> 
> Maybe this is something that Cisco could clarify in the FAQ's.
> 
> Andy

The problem is that, while on the surface Cisco's offer seems to solve a
major problem, in fact it poses so many unanswered questions or unclear
situations that it may not be a net gain.  No doubt, we have our
wonderful Western patent system to blame for this, but that is what we
have to navigate around.  If things are still muddy after this offer,
then we likely have gained very little, as that was the main complaint
against VP8 from the beginning.

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