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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RE: Flash for Future?
by Carewolf on Fri 30th Apr 2010 23:43 UTC in reply to "Flash for Future?"
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Effective FUD. Jobs was deliberately vague. Don't count on any actual legal action ever being taking. If these empty threats work, it wouldn't be needed.

The real question is why this sudden aggression? Are Apple really that scared of Theora that they need to ask for help from their friends in the Evil League of Evil?

Edited 2010-04-30 23:44 UTC

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