Google's patent license for VP8 [was: Google WebM?]

Richard Fontana rfontana at
Sat May 22 01:16:35 UTC 2010

On Fri, May 21, 2010 at 05:50:44PM -0700, Wilson, Andrew wrote:
> Chris DiBona wrote:
> > As an FYI, we're all pretty busy at Google I/O, so I wouldn't expect much from us this week.
> Chris, when you get un-busy, perhaps you could share why Google invented a new
> license (BSD+patent) rather than using Apache 2.0?  The defensive suspension is
> a bit broader than Apache's in your BSD+patent, but the overall gestalt of the two licenses
> is obviously quite similar, and I'd be curious to know why you felt a
> new license is necessary and whether you plan to submit it for OSI approval.

This question is addressed in the WebM project FAQ:

- Richard

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