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's and MS stake in MPEG-LA
by Headrush on Fri 30th Apr 2010 23:21 UTC
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Anyone have any info on Apple's and Microsoft's stake in MPEG-LA?

From many of the comments it makes it sound like Apple/MS are controlling interests and its directly Steve J. and Steve B. doing this.

Whether VP8 predates h.264 or not, it appears MPEG-LA also holds tons of patents to various levels of MPEG-4, MPEG-2, VC-1, ...., and as messed up as patent law is in the USA this truly could be trouble for Theora.

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