Fluendo Joins Open Invention Network as a Licensee
October 26, 2010
Fluendo joins Open Invention Network's efforts in reducing IP threats to open source development and innovation
Barcelona, Spain-October 26th, 2010 - Fluendo, the leading multimedia software development company and GStreamer expert, today announced its decision to join OIN as a licensee and to adhere to its obligations under the OIN licensing agreement.
Being an active part in the development of multimedia software based on open source technologies, and also as one of the most important contributors to GStreamer, the de-factoopen source multimedia framework for Unix/Linux operating systems, Fluendo decided to join Open Source Network's efforts to create a supportive ecosystem that ensures the growth and adoption of Linux.
Patents owned by Open Invention Network are royalty-free for any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux system, enabling Fluendo to receive cross licenses from other OIN licensees, and more importantly, working together with companies such as Mozilla, Sony, Novell, IBM, and Red Hat, among other key open source players, to address IP threats.
"Fluendo develops multimedia software and deals with its licenses, taking care of one of the most sensitive areas for Linux and Open Source when it comes to IP threats. Our objective is to make multimedia on Linux a reality, offering solutions that will give Linux users the same capabilities and advantages offered by any other Operating System", said Julien Moutte, Co-founder and CEO of Fluendo. "Also, at Fluendo we have bet a great deal on Open Source, since we have supported the GStreamer multimedia framework for a long time with our contributions and developments. We understand the importance of participating within the community and in helping to spur open source innovation", he concluded.
"Fluendo is internationally recognized as one of the leading contributors to the Open Source multimedia framework GStreamer. As such, we are pleased to welcome Fluendo into the OIN community of licensees", said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. "By signing our license, Fluendo affirms that it values the continued openness of Linux and demonstrates its willingness to protect Linux. We applaud the company's foresight in taking this step to support both itself and the principles of open source."
Fluendo, Influencing the Multimedia World
Founded in 2004 in Barcelona, Fluendo specializes in software development and consulting services. Fluendo employs several of the central developers of GStreamer, an Open Source framework which is quickly establishing itself as the de-facto standard multimedia framework for GNU/Linux and UNIX systems. Fluendo provides a wide range of products under and above GStreamer, including proprietary codecs (together with their respective patent licenses), a streaming server, the Fluendo DVD Player, the Fluendo Media Center, and Moovida Pro. Fluendo develops multimedia software to offer cross-platform and open source-based multimedia solutions to computer devices and consumer electronics, always aiming at proposing an innovative perspective of entertainment.
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Open Invention Network has considerable industry backing. It was launched in 2005 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. OIN has received supplemental financial support from Canonical. For more information, visit www.openinventionnetwork.com.