Google and MPEG LA VP8 video coding free license agreement

Google and MPEG LA announced agree VP8 video codec, VP8 and Google permanent use several possible is authorized to former generation VPx video compression technology crucial technology. These techniques contained in the 11 patent holders of all the patents. The agreement also allow Google to these technical license any VP8 re-delegate its users.

in 2010, Google acquire On2 company, this is a company engaged in the development of video compression algorithm. Shortly after the acquisition, Google provides On2 VP8 permanent free version, so that it can be used for all open source projects. The MPEG LA company specialized in selling all kinds of patent technology license. As is now widely used H2.64 video compression algorithm, which usually includes several patents held by the company. MPEG LA and the patent holder to sign a simple involves many patent license agreement, so if you want to get a license do not need to speak to every company.

Google plans to soon after to open-source VP8, MPEG LA, announced that it plans to have VP8 patent related company of a patent pool. MPEG LA announced in 2011, has identified 12 companies have VP8 patent related algorithm. But Google believes its useful related patents, so since 2011, there is no clear confirm the patent belong to which a company.

agreement, means that Google and other 11 the company who owns the patent to reach an agreement, it also suggests that other hardware and software company can be free to use the technology. Thanks to these agreements, MPEG LA will end its aims to form VP8 patent pool efforts.

in and of itself, Google remains its VP8 related patents. When asked about, whether to have money, the company told us that this is a business secret. It can’t reveal any details of the terms.

at present, the list of 11 companies is unknown to the public, why the MPEG LA initially said 12 companies have related patent, but the agreement will involve only 11? This problem also temporarily not sure yet.

although VP8 patent agreement were a little late, but this is a good thing. In theory, some the patent holder can still Sue, but with the agreement and the patent pool, can throw it. VP8 or its successor should continue to work hard, such as audio and video communication based on the browser’s WebRTC, as the patent transparency is higher than before, so the compulsory VP8 supports WebRTC or similar specifications is an easy thing.