On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 3:56 PM Leigh Scott <leigh123linux@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11/30/18 5:20 AM, Leigh Scott wrote:
> Thanks Leigh. I see those have already made progress in code review. +1000
> Is there a definitive reason why those are necessary to go in RPM fusion? Was
> Tom Hughes right?
> Dusty

This sums up the situation


IANAL, and I know basically nothing about codec patents, but it might be worth noting that there are a whole bunch of video coding techniques that are presumably completely unnecessary for decoding video *stills*, i.e. I-frames.  Things like motion compensation are irrelevant if there's no motion.

So it's at least slightly plausible that any patents in question wouldn't apply to a heavily stripped down decoder that only implemented the parts of the spec needed to decode HEIF.