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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by iwod on Sat 1st May 2010 09:15 UTC
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This is great. After all, under the current system, Theora is bound to get sued anyway. So why use something that will cause problems.

Yes, i know we all want, everything to be free. But we live in Real World, not some fantasy world. To use Theora, supporters should think get rid of Patents system and not about condemning H.264 patents holder . Afterall they spend A LOT of money into R&D. And those people who work hard on R&D in Uni, or Labs, need to feed themself or their Family.

So Yes, unless you didn't realize, they are human afterall, and they also need money.

And as to Licensing Fees? - That is called return of Investment - If you dont like this idea you should really touch stocks either.

P.S - Of coz, getting rid of Patents would also be a Win for H.264, since it offer much better quality anyway.

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