Linked by Moochman on Mon 10th May 2010 22:54 UTC
Internet & Networking A lot of articles lately have been focused on why Apple and Microsoft are the bad guys by supporting H.264 and not Theora. Well, yes, they are bad guys, but there really is not much point whining to them. It will in all likelihood fall on deaf ears, simply because they are acting in their own best interests--as MPEG stakeholders and commercial, DRM-encouraging, royalty-loving, proprietary-operating-system-hawking corporations. But that could all change--if the HTML5 spec didn't allow H.264.
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by Neko on Tue 11th May 2010 04:06 UTC
Neko
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2010-05-02

It's possible that Apple, and Steve Jobs, actually do "get it".

The folks at Apple have surely realized by now that they're going to have to support Theora sooner or later, whether they like it or not. The amount of ogg video on the web is increasing rapidly, and with Android now outselling the iPhone, users are increasingly going to expect their phones to play those videos.

So how can Apple protect itself legally? First they need to identify possible patent holders, hence the "patent pool...to go after theora". Apple puts all of the possible patent holders on notice and forces them to take a stand. Either they give up, or they sue over theora. If someone sues, and wins, that gets rid of the Theora problem. If they lose, then Apple can use Theora and not have to worry about those patents.

It's a win-win for Apple. Either way, they get their legal problem resolved without having to be party to a lawsuit.

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