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 pgeorgi on Sat 1st May 2010 18:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: HARDCORE!"
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No! Their iDevices only have hardware acceleration for H.264, like everybode else.

They'd probably ask their supplier to provide a new (and exclusive) firmware for the video codec function to accelerate Theora within 2 weeks (remember, acceleration is mostly software), and make sure no part of the system but the YouTube player is able to use it (so all other users of the platform still rely on h.264)

And just state in the changelog "re-enabled YouTube player" to obfuscate things slightly. And change the search provider to Bing in retaliation.

By the way, if I'm not mistaken about the chip in the older iDevices, its video codec function's firmware also ships with support for VC1, mpeg-4 (non AVC) and some realvideo version (probably the latest, which is said to be derived from mpeg). So it's not only h.264 they could support.

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