Google's patent license for VP8 [was: Google WebM?]
matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Fri May 21 19:41:44 UTC 2010
Chris Travers wrote:
> On Fri, May 21, 2010 at 10:06 AM, Matthew Flaschen
> <matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu> wrote:
>> So this license (separate from the modified BSD software license at
>> http://www.webmproject.org/license/software/) applies to any
>> implementation of the specification.
>> Matt Flaschen
> It's also potentially a broader license grant. I'm wondering,
> however, why Google didn't just point to the specification in the
> patent grant. "This implementation" strikes me as ambiguous after
> changes have been applied.
There's two patent grants.
1. One is part of the software license
(http://www.webmproject.org/license/software/). This license (including
both copyright and patent licenses) terminates if you allege Google's
implementation infringes any patent.
2. One is a license for the specification
(http://www.webmproject.org/code/specs/) and applies to all
implementations. This terminates if you allege any WebM implementation
I see no ambiguity. *Any* implementation of WebM, regardless of code
source, is protected by the spec patent license.
The only important point is that if you allege Google's implementation
(or code within) infringes a patent, you lose the software copyright and
all patent licenses. If you allege another implementation infringes,
you only lose patent rights.
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