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]: Which patents?
by l3v1 on Sat 1st May 2010 07:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Which patents?"
l3v1
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Who cares about patent but patents holders, BTW?

Exactly.

And another thing, "they: always say patents drive innovation. Well, my a** they do. This is just one of the many examples when the opposite is true. In this system only the first ones to patent something are the winners, everybody else is just paying up. Innovating can be working up to a point - since you constantly seek new unpatented ways of doing things - but after a while things will get very hard and even if you come up with something a bit dissimilar, those first ones will always come down on you hard with threats.

Well, it's your system, you let it get this far, you should be the ones who stop it.

If you can, that is.

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