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Patent Cross Licensing Agreement

Google´s VP8 Patent Cross License Agreement: not as unencumbered as it seems?

by Sylvia F. Jakob

Google wishes to establish VP8 as a widely deployed video format on the Internet. To assist companies and developers in the adoption and use of VP8, Google is proposing a royalty-free patent cross license for VP8 technology: the VP8 Patent Cross License Agreement and invites interested parties to provide feedback on its terms.


VP8 is a video compression format, first released by On2 Technologies on 13th September, 2008. It was acquired by Google on 2nd February 2010. » Weiter

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