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I think it just shows they're comfortable that their risk in this case is justified by the reward, not that they're actually in compliance.
> Google would seem to fit that bill, so, with luck, the Chrome implementation will flush out any submarine patents that some patent troll believes Theora infringes.
Alternatively, I don't think they'd be required to disclose that they've licensed such a patent, so if there is no such news, that doesn't necessarily mean it's safe for other browsers.
The LGPL and video codecs
Posted Jun 13, 2009 7:55 UTC (Sat) by oak (subscriber, #2786)
Also, Google's browser being free (as beer) and not a part of some
successful commercial product makes it less likely to flush out the patent
issues. It's not (included with something) sold for profit, so the
damages from using patents without license would be much smaller. I.e. it
makes sense for submarine patent owners to wait until there's wider
 I guess somebody suing Google for damages could claim that Google
indirectly profits from Chrome, but that's a bit harder to translate into
Posted Jun 13, 2009 23:07 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
so the damages from using patents without license
There's no question of using patents without a license. Google knows it has the license to use the patents mentioned in the article. The question is is Google using free software (FFMPEG) without a copyright license.
But the damage considerations are the same.
The damages for patent/copyright infringement aren't what the infringer gained by not licensing. They're what the owner lost.
That's always been a sticky point with free software, because the copyright owners have no intention of making money by restricting use of their work, making it hard to put a money value on the damage done by infringement.
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