Since Nokia decided to share bed with Microsoft, it is understandable that the company doesn’t go along well with Google. Add all efforts by Google to downplay Windows Phone and the whole deal becomes even more clear. As such Nokia hit back the Mountain View giant at the first chance that it got.
Google plans to make its VP8 codec a web standard as part of the WebM project planning to replace H.264 with its own codec. While Google claims that the new codec will be free and open source (which H.264 is already), we already know how well that went for Android, with multiple patent infringement accusations and licencing deals as a result.
Google has been trying for long now to make its VP8 codec a FRAND standard. The company acquired On2 Technologies last year for $106.5 million to get access to algorithms used in this very codec. The company hit roadblock when MPEG LA accused the codec to infringe on its patents. As such, Google made a licencing deal with MPEG LA two weeks earlier.
Now, Nokia has refused to licence 64 of their own granted patents and 22 pending patents that are used in VP8 codec. Nokia has published an IETF patent declaration and hopes to deny Google or any third party planning to use the codec a free ride.
In a statement to FOSS Patents, a Nokia spokesman claims that its latest steps however unusual, are important to prevent one company from forcing its “proprietary technology” which offers no advantages over the H.264 codec. Maybe with the CalDAV and CardDAV episode, Nokia doesn’t want another problem in the future.