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German Court to hear lawsuit against Google/YouTube

German Court to hear lawsuit against Google/YouTube
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YouTube-logo-full_color_rectOn December 8th, 2015, the District Court of Mannheim, Germany will hear a case brought by Max Sound Corporation against Google and YouTube for the alleged infringement of a video streaming patent, and is requesting a court order that stops Google Android devices and YouTube from using current VP8 or H.264 video codecs.  Max Sound is also requesting that Google cease sales of Nexus Phones and Chromecast sticks that stream video using the codecs. The hearing will be closed the same day, according to German practice, with a decision expected to follow a few weeks later. In short, the claim is that technology used in VP8 and H.264 video codecs is protected by European Patent EP 2 026 277. Max Sound will, in addition, be seeking damages. “This is an important step in safeguarding and protecting our valuable intellectual property,” said John Blaisure, CEO of Max Sound Corp.

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