Although neither party is commenting, itís logical to assume that Google is making some sort of payment in exchange for the license itís receiving from the patent holders. When it said no to H.264, Google cited money as a key reason:
Our choice was to make a decision today and invest in open technology to move the platform forward, or to accept the status quo of a fragmented platform where the pace of innovation may be clouded by the interests of those collecting royalties.
The real question now is how Google will make use of VP8, now that the legal cloud has been lifted. A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the company's immediate plans, but independent patent attorney Rob Glidden, who specializes in this technology, notes that Google has proposed VP8 to the IETF as a standard for real-time communication in Web browsers. [zdnet.com...]