[theora] Fwd: VP8

Dave Johnson davefilms.us at gmail.com
Sat May 22 20:10:19 PDT 2010

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> From: Dave Johnson <davefilms.us at gmail.com>
> Date: May 22, 2010 10:08:36 PM CDT
> To: "Tom O'Reilly" <TOreilly at mpegla.com>
> Subject: Re: VP8
> The royalty free license that  Google provides is enough. I see no reason for MPEG-LA to provide a redundant license that must be purchased from your group. I would encourage your group to just leave VP8 and others alone. If only for the good of the internet. The only interest your group could have is a monetary one. Software patents are insidious and only squelch true creativity. Case in point... I can purchase a $3000.00 USD Canon "professional" camcorder and I am granted license for personal use only. Because of the AVCHD or h.264 codec in the camcorder. This is a shame. I want to make a great short video and sell my work. I cannot due to the license. I cannot afford your prices.
> I hope for a "open standard" for hardware that embraces freedom. A camcorder with the hardware that can record a video in VP8 or other royalty free codec. This is my wish. A world without the need for MPEG-LA.
> It may happen... soon.
> Good day.
> On May 22, 2010, at 6:31 PM, Tom O'Reilly wrote:
>> Dear Mr. Johnson,
>> Thank you for writing.  We appreciate hearing from you and the
>> opportunity to address your question.
>> MPEG LA provides pool licenses for many different video codecs such as
>> AVC/H.264, MPEG-2, VC-1 and MPEG-4 Part 2.  We do not advocate for one
>> over another; rather, we provide one-stop licenses for the convenience
>> of video providers and users who make choices among them.  
>> Therefore, our announcement of interest in providing a license for VP8
>> is not a matter of protecting our revenue stream from other codecs (many
>> of which are used in parallel).  To the extent patent rights held by
>> many patent holders are necessary for VP8, they need to be dealt with
>> whether or not MPEG LA offers a license.  Our interest is in pooling
>> them so they may be made available for the convenience of users on the
>> same terms under a single license as an alternative to the present
>> fragmented way that necessitates individual negotiations with many
>> different patent holders.   If we succeed, what it can mean is that
>> there will be a more efficient way for the market to access VP8 patent
>> rights, and that translates into broader adoption of VP8 for video
>> providers and consumers like you who choose to use it in providing and
>> receiving video services.
>> If you have additional questions, please let me know.  I will be glad to
>> answer them.
>> Best regards,
>> Tom O'Reilly
>> Manager Research and Public Relations
>> Tel: (303) 200-1710
>> Email: toreilly at mpegla.com
>> Web: www.mpegla.com
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Dave Johnson [mailto:davefilms.us at gmail.com] 
>> Sent: Friday, May 21, 2010 11:55 PM
>> To: Info-web
>> Subject: VP8
>> Just how would MPEG LA benefit me? How can MPEG LA be good for me? webM
>> with VP8 is a threat to your income apparently. 

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