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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arggh, f*ck patents
by barkholt on Fri 30th Apr 2010 22:11 UTC
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Animated GIF is the future.

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RE: arggh, f*ck patents
by umccullough on Fri 30th Apr 2010 22:14 in reply to "arggh, f*ck patents"
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Animated GIF is the future.

Not far from what I was thinking...

I'm guessing uncompressed RGB bitmap frame motion video is probably patent-free still ;)

Now we just need more bandwidth to stream it and larger disks to store it on!

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RE[2]: arggh, f*ck patents
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 30th Apr 2010 22:14 in reply to "RE: arggh, f*ck patents"
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I have an idea.

Just give me each frame as a bitmap, I'll print it, staple the damn stack of paper, and make a flipbook machine.

Fcuk this patent bullshit.

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