Google, Nokia face off in video codec dispute
The nascent WebRTC standard for video communications on the Web has become a technology battleground pitting Google against Nokia.
The reason for a war not just of words but also of actions is a lowly technology called a codec, which compresses video for efficient networking and compact storage. Google wants the Net to embrace its royalty-free, open-source VP8 codec, but Nokia is trying to quash VP8 by refusing to license patents it says are required to use it.
Google, meanwhile, has come to the aid of Android phone maker HTC in a Nokia patent-infringement case that involves VP8.
Why the hard feelings? In a statement, Nokia said it’s trying to keep Google from infringing its patents and forcing inferior, proprietary technology down the industry’s throat:
Nokia believes that open and collaborative efforts for standardization are in the best interests of consumers, innovators and the industry as a whole. We are now witnessing one company attempting to force the adoption of its proprietary technology, which offers no advantages over existing, widely deployed standards such as H.264 and infringes Nokia’s intellectual p… [Read more]
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