You probably take for granted that you can view videos on your
smartphone, tablet, PC, or DVD/Blu-ray player and connect to the
Internet without being tied to a cable. That works because the
industry came together years ago to define common technical
standards that every firm can use to build compatible products for
video and Wi-Fi. Motorola and all the other firms that contributed
to these standards also made a promise to one another: that if
they had any patents essential to the standards, they would make
their patents available on fair and reasonable terms, and would
not use them to block competitors from shipping their products.
Motorola has broken its promise. Motorola is on a path to use
standard essential patents to kill video on the Web, and Google as
its new owner doesn’t seem to be willing to change course.
I’m greatly enjoying Microsoft taking the role of chief “Google, stop being so evil” critic.