Nokia And Google Clash Over A Video Technology

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 28 March 2013, 12:25 Hrs
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Bangalore: Nokia and Google are clashing over software that is part of the free-to-use technology, reports BBC.

The search giant, Google, wants its video coding software to be part of the WebM project that is making a web-centered video production tools. On the other hand the mobile handset giant, Nokia, says it owns key patents that define parts of VP8.

Nokia has sent a submission to the Internet Engineering Task Force saying it owns patents for innovations VP8 and said it is "not prepared" to license any of the 64 patents and 22 pending patent applications that apply to VP8.

Nokia said it took this step because it believed Google was trying to get VP8 adopted over other, better, alternatives and said Google's VP8 offered "no advantages" over existing technologies.

However Google did not comment on Nokia’s stand.

The independent WebM project was started to create video production and playback software specifically designed for use online.

Many web video tools now available are the rip out versions of the similar programs used in TV stations and they cost a lot. On the contrary, WebM tools would be free to use and the software would take account of the needs of websites, browsers and Smartphones.

The engineers working on WebM hope their technology will eventually become part of the HTML standards that define the way the web works.

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