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[2]: Possible salvation
by Zifre on Sat 1st May 2010 00:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Possible salvation"
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What you think there are no patents that apply to Dirac?

I'm sure there are patents. I bet that Hello World infringes on patents. I'm just hoping that any patents that Dirac infringes on are obscure/old enough that no one will ever know. The BBC is not aware of any patents on which Dirac infringes.

AFAIK wavelet techniques are patented up the wazoo

I am not aware of this. Do you have evidence? IIRC, wavelet compression was patented a long time ago but the patents have expired.

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