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VP8/WebM cross-licensing compatibility with open source questioned

hypnosec (2231454) writes | about a year ago

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Google, while signing the agreement with MPEG LA concerning VP8 codec, had assured that there would be a third party license agreement in place for the protection of those using the VP8/WebM. This however doesn’t seem to be the case as an open source advocate has ruled that the recently published draft VP8 patent cross-license agreement seems to be closing doors on software freedom. According to a Simon Phipps each user who is looking to make use of the cross-license has to enter into a contract with Google and as most of the open source projects either don’t have the required in-house legal expertise or lack funds to hire a legal personnel there might be no one who will sign such a contract with Google. Further the license cannot be sub-licensed which means that downstream users will not have the license automatically transferred to them."
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