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 fretinator on Fri 30th Apr 2010 21:57 UTC
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Pandora, I have this rectangular solid object over here, with some kind of lid on the top. I was wondering if you would be so kind as to open it...

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RE: Hey!
by tylerdurden on Sat 1st May 2010 16:09 in reply to "Hey!"
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Technically, it's supposed to be Pandora the one giving the box, and you the one opening it ;-)

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RE[2]: Hey!
by clhodapp on Sat 1st May 2010 20:50 in reply to "RE: Hey!"
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I nearly declared this to be "inaccurate", as it certainly is Pandora who opens the container in the story, but found myself unable when further research to make sure that I was being fair brought me to the discovery that Pandora is actually supposed to have a jar (not a box), but an inaccurate transcribing by a man called Erasmus in the sixteenth century stuck and now we all know the wrong story.

Edited 2010-05-01 20:50 UTC

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