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[3]: H264 is the future
by Kroc on Sat 1st May 2010 00:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: H264 is the future"
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Then a game of global thermo-nuclear war it is.

Perhaps if all the companies destroy each other then maybe patent reform might come about.

It's been 10 years. Why only now? I think the minefield of which you speak is so complicated that even the MPEG-LA are having difficulty scouring the Theora design for infringements and trying to put together a water-tight case which could stand up to Google and their portfolio.

Does Theora violate some broad patent? Almost certainly. Would said patent possibly be voided if it were brought up in court and scrutinised? Possibly. So it's not just a case of the MPEG-LA saying that Theora violates their patents, they know they must also beat a games of chess ahead of time with an opponent whose moves predates their own.

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