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 vivainio on Sun 2nd May 2010 06:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
vivainio
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If you weren't so lazy at reading you would notice I put 'good' and 'evil' in quotations deliberately given how subjective those concepts actually are.


That's why I said "personal ethics". They are by definition subjective.

In the case of h264, what some people call evil others would say that it is decisive leadership to finally decide to standardise on single CODEC instead of the spaghetti soup that exists.


Both are right, and it's okay if either group vote with their feet.

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