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[4]: H264 is the future
by segedunum on Sat 1st May 2010 01:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: H264 is the future"
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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.

They'll be desperate to do so. There's a hell of a lot of money at stake for them if they cannot hammer h.264 in as the standard for HTML5 video and at the moment all they can do is threaten Theora.

However, the real threat is directed at VP8, YouTube and Google to behave and support the 'right' format.

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