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Google pledges not to sue open-source users or developers over specified patents

Loek Essers | April 1, 2013
An easy pledge for Google to make, because patent licensing is not their business model, an analyst said

That is bad for Google's business and one of the reasons Google settled with 11 patent holders earlier this month over its VP8 video codec, according to Mallinson. As part of the deal, Google could keep offering the use of the codec to others on a royalty free basis, Mallinson said. After this deal was closed however, Nokia decided not to license patents it says are infringed by the codec to Google in any way.


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