Today a court in Mannheim, Germany, ruled that VP8 does not infringe a patent owned and asserted by Nokia. This decision is an important and positive step towards the WebM Project's ultimate goal: ensuring the web community has an open, high-quality, freely licensed video codec. Google's intervention in the underlying lawsuit (Nokia v. HTC) was a strong show of support for open standards like VP8.
We believe that the web succeeds through community-developed innovation. VP8 brings that principle to video: a codec that anyone can use and build upon. The WebM Project’s next-generation video codec, VP9, is already available and we look forward to continuing our work with the broader community to help video on the open web keep getting better, faster.
Matt Frost is Senior Business Product Manager for the WebM Project