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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Apple is so uncool
by chemical_scum on Fri 30th Apr 2010 22:07 UTC
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FUD, They (Apple, Microsoft and MPEG-LA) are just trying to intimidate and prevent the adoption of Theora. Lets see if they actually sue any company that distributes the Theora Codec. They are too scared they may open the above mentioned Pandora's box.

Jobs is acting as a front man for this. He is beneath contempt and so uncool.

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RE: Apple is so uncool
by Torrance on Fri 30th Apr 2010 22:43 in reply to "Apple is so uncool"
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Agreed. This is classic FUD maneuvering, and I think nothing will come of it except to harm the prospects for Theora.

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RE: Apple is so uncool
by hankheathen on Sun 2nd May 2010 05:19 in reply to "Apple is so uncool"
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"... are just trying to intimidate and prevent the adoption of Theora."

Um... I think people NOT adopting Theora has been going on for quite some time now...

Okay, can anyone who has already posted in this thread do me a favour?

Post again, explaining how the licensing terms of H.264 is actually going to affect them, in any real way.

And please, spare me the bullshit hypothetical FUD lines of "Oh Noes! what if I ever want to start delivering web-based video for commercial purposes at some indeterminate point in the future, despite never doing anything like it before? The MPEG-LA will send in shock troops and make me pay millions of dollars if I use H.264!"

I'm talking real world problems, not fantasy what-if scenarios like many of you monkeys fantasise could happen to you.


Edited 2010-05-02 05:29 UTC

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