Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Apr 2010 21:40 UTC, submitted by Helge
Legal Well, this certainly explains a whole lot. Both Apple and Microsoft have stated that the legality of Theora is highly debatable, and as it turns out, they knew more than we do - most likely courtesy of their close involvement with the MPEG-LA. Responding to an email from Free Software Foundation Europe activist Hugo Roy, Steve Jobs has stated that a patent pool is being assembled to go after Theora. Update: Monty Montgomery of Xiph (Ogg and Theora's parent organisation) has responded on Slashdot: "If Jobs's email is genuine, this is a powerful public gaffe ('All video codecs are covered by patents'). He'd be confirming MPEG's assertion in plain language anyone can understand. It would only strengthen the pushback against software patents and add to Apple's increasing PR mess. Macbooks and iPads may be pretty sweet, but creative individuals don't really like to give their business to jackbooted thugs."
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H264 is the future
by kristoph on Fri 30th Apr 2010 22:05 UTC
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The MPEG-LA portfolio is so broad that it is terribly unlikely that there will be any pure codec - VP8 included - that will not fall under it's umbrella. Even if VP8 is close it will get tied up in litigation.

H264 is the future. At least the near future. IE, Chrome and Safari will support it. FF will have to fall in line, work around it (use OS services?), or fade into obscurity.

No doubt some Linux distributors will simply bite the bullet and pay the fees to make it available in the US. It's the smart business move.


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