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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RE[2]: Which patents?
by wargum on Sat 1st May 2010 00:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Which patents?"
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"In recent news, president Obama explained the new patent reform bill to the Senate. Quote: 'You either bring it on or you shut the f--k up! We just cannot accept these patent threads anymore! God bless America!'. We registered thunderous applause from both democrates and republicans."

-dreams

Edited 2010-05-01 00:14 UTC

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RE[3]: Which patents?
by marcp on Sat 1st May 2010 12:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Which patents?"
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2007-11-23

Actually, there's almost nothing worst than U.S law.
It's scattered all over the states, every state has it's own "freak'a'boo" variation of the same law and it all depends on the precedenses - "when the man kills relative in anger and gets free, than every family-killer must not be pledged guilty".

Pure, fcuking nonsense, USA! sick.

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RE[4]: Which patents?
by Bobthearch on Sat 1st May 2010 16:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Which patents?"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Sates have nothing to do with patent laws or enforcement.

Edited 2010-05-01 16:26 UTC

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