Re: [rtcweb] One consuming project's concerns with OpenH264 as a MTI codec

Monty Montgomery <xiphmont@gmail.com> Wed, 06 November 2013 23:13 UTC

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Subject: Re: [rtcweb] One consuming project's concerns with OpenH264 as a MTI codec
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Yes.  Even the ultra-FOSS codecs (such as Opus) now carry explicit
patents along with a license that grants unlimited and unrestricted RF
use of those patents.

The license also carries an auto-revocation should one party sue
another over Opus patents, however we assert 'thou shalt not be a
litigious dick' is not a use restriction on the codec.

Monty

On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM, Basil Mohamed Gohar
<basilgohar@librevideo.org> wrote:
> On 11/06/2013 05:40 PM, Matthew Kaufman (SKYPE) wrote:
>> An interesting definition, to be sure.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Matthew Kaufman
>
> VP8 is not encumbered by patents because that patents that are known
> about are granted by Google and via Google's deal with MPEG-LA.  Nokia's
> threats have failed in Germany, so there remains no known encumbrance
> against VP8.
>
> The encumbrance of patents is due to their usage to restrict
> free-and-open-usage of technology, which the patents on VP8 do not.  The
> same cannot be said to any degree for H.264.
>
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