The Alliance for Open Media Statement
AOMedia Statement on Recent Announcement of Joint Patent Licensing Effort on AV1
The Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) unites leading internet and media technology companies in a collaborative effort to offer open, royalty-free and interoperable solutions for the next generation of media delivery. AOMedia is aware of the recent third-party announcement attempting to launch a joint patent licensing program for AV1. AOMedia was founded to leave behind the very environment that the announcement endorses – one whose high patent royalty requirements and licensing uncertainty limit the potential of free and open online video technology. By settling patent licensing terms up front with the royalty-free AOMedia Patent License 1.0, AOMedia is confident that AV1 overcomes these challenges to help usher in the next generation of video-oriented experiences.
AOMedia designed AV1 based on the pioneering and industry-leading video codec technologies, patented techniques and intellectual property of its members. AOMedia is committed to protecting the AV1 ecosystem and has already taken significant action including the following:
Established a royalty-free patent licensing commitment from all AOMedia members for AV1 implementations – the very same policy the W3C standards body has used to create royalty-free web technologies;
Completed a comprehensive evaluation of the video codec patent landscape and performance of patent due diligence by world-class codec engineers and legal professionals during the development stage;
Adopted the AOMedia Patent License 1.0, which gives all AV1 implementers, both AOMedia members and non-members, royalty-free patent rights to the AV1 codec in exchange for the same royalty-free patent commitment; and
Established the AOMedia patent defense program to help protect AV1 ecosystem participants in the event of patent claims.
AOMedia's dedication to a royalty-free media ecosystem will enable superior quality online video to thrive across screens, devices and platforms.