Bilibili, China’s leading comprehensive video community, akin to YouTube, has become a licensee and community member of the Open Invention Network, the largest patent non-aggression community in history. With Bilibili, in addition to the signings earlier this year, of ByteDance and Kuaishou Group, Open Invention Network has secured the “trifecta” of Chinese social media video platforms as members of its community. This means that in addition to their participation in the OIN cross-license, their ongoing commitment to share open source code back with the community will be not be hindered by patent issues.

“Video is transforming the way people communicate, entertain and receive information. Thanks to its continuous investment in research and development, Bilibili is creating an immersive video experience for its growing user community in China,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “By joining OIN, Bilibili is doing its part to mitigate global patent risk for OSS. It is committed to collaborative innovation and patent non-aggression in OSS.”

“Bilibili is a diverse, open and innovative cultural platform. All the time, we are committed to opening and sharing technologies and providing positive motivation in the innovation field of playback transmission, interactive entertainment and cloud-native ecology, through open source projects. Linux System software and open source technologies are important software infrastructures that promote business developments,” said Wang Hao, Vice President of Bilibili. “Our participation in the OIN community demonstrates our consistent and ongoing commitment to shared innovation. In the future, we will also firmly support Linux’s open source innovation.”

OIN’s community practices patent non-aggression in core Linux and adjacent open source technologies by cross-licensing Linux System patents to one another on a royalty-free basis. Patents owned by Open Invention Network are similarly licensed royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System.

Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Sony, SUSE and Toyota, Open Invention Network has more than 3,500 community members. Its patent license and member cross-licenses are available royalty-free to any party that joins the OIN community.

 

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