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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FSF tactics are pathetic
by nt_jerkface on Sat 1st May 2010 00:31 UTC
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Insulting Jobs in a letter is not going to change anything.

I will not argue here that it is ironic you find the Apple Store more open than Flash.

Oh but you will take the time to make a snide comment? Was this a letter or a forum post?

Dear Jobs,

You are a hypocritical prick. Please use a codec other than the one you like.

Oh and you should open source OSX.

- The FSF Brain Trust.

Now there's even more patent concerns with Theora. Of course Jobs is likely bluffing but that doesn't matter. All he has to do is talk about armies of lawyers in waiting until H.264 is widely adopted.

Theora advocates should really find a new cause. It really didn't have much of a chance without Google support. Chrome for Linux will have H.264 which is a huge improvement from the older Flash days when Linux would get the shaft.

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