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: VP8!
by Fettarme H-Milch on Sun 2nd May 2010 12:10 UTC in reply to "VP8!"
Fettarme H-Milch
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2010-02-16

Very interesting indeed. Now I really hope Google will open-source VP8 as patent and license free!

You mean like On2 did with VP3 to create Theora?
Seriously, if VP3/Theora is covered by patents not in possession of On2/Google, then its successor VP8 is likely covered by the same patents and possibly even more.

Edited 2010-05-02 12:11 UTC

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