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: Buy Nokia
by oinet on Sun 2nd May 2010 00:48 UTC in reply to "Buy Nokia"
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Just checking the MPEG-LA website etc. Checking for patents of for instance h264 doesn't have Nokia as a member (however indeed Ericsson and sony and apple etc).

I would bet on going with Nokia and simply skip the others phone products at least, that's a simple start!

Yeah, like Nokia don't have blood on their hands for supporting dictators with surveillance..

Edited 2010-05-02 00:50 UTC

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