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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by Headrush on Fri 30th Apr 2010 23:25 UTC in reply to "HARDCORE!"
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Google should be militant now and open sorce VP8 tomorrow AND switch over YouTube to Flash + HTML5 with VP8 tomorrow. Apple would be screwed, then. Them Android phones (and webOS) could just use hardware accelerated Flash and Apple would stand alone, totally naked! I can't stop smiling by that thought.

Personal sediments aside, I'm afraid to tell you Apple wouldn't be screwed. You open it up and Apple could use it also.

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