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Boycott warning to companies considering joining MPEG LA's patent pool

by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Feb 18, 2011 05:23 PM
MPEG LA is asking companies to prepare to attack the freely licensed WebM format and its underlying VP8 video codec from Google.

On their website, MPEG LA says:

In order to participate in the creation of, and determine licensing terms for, a joint VP8 patent license, any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the VP8 video codec specification is invited to submit them for a determination of their essentiality by MPEG LA’s patent evaluators.

Last April, Steve Jobs allegedly claimed a patent pool was being formed to go after VP8 and Theora. This threat has now been realized.

In response, we're asking everyone who values a web free of restrictions and threats like this — and especially everyone who values the publication of audio and video files on the web — to sign a pledge that they will join in a targeted boycott of products from the companies who sign onto this patent pool.

Together, we can name, shame and penalize any corporation threatening a free web.

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