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."
Permalink for comment 421974
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Copied
by Beta on Sat 1st May 2010 09:44 UTC in reply to "Copied"
Member since:

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.

You really think the R&D money members of the MPEG-LA spent to develop their codecs had any bearing on another independent invention?

The assumption nowadays is that if you’ve made anything, and someone else owns the monopoly for it (thats what a patent is), that you’ve some-how copied their direct work.

Reply Parent Score: 4