Microsoft isn't a member (yet?)
Posted Apr 27, 2011 16:00 UTC (Wed) by JoeBuck
In reply to: Microsoft isn't a member (yet?)
Parent article: The WebM Community Cross-License Initiative launches
That's a rather one-sided statement from Microsoft. It's saying that it will promise never to assert any of its (nonexistent) patents against WebM/VP8, but only if Google pledges to indemnify everyone, meaning that if anyone wins a patent judgment against anyone for VP8, Google pays. So of course Microsoft would be happy to take a cost-free action in exchange for a risky action by Google.
Google isn't going to promise to indemnify everyone, because that puts real stockholder money on the line to pay whatever some idiot Texas jury decides (sorry to Texans in the audience, but Texas is infamous for its patent courts, which is why all plaintiffs try to sue for patent infringement in Texas).
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