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: Flash for Future?
by segedunum on Sat 1st May 2010 01:53 UTC in reply to "Flash for Future?"
segedunum
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2005-07-06

To summarize: There is no future for Theora... ?

It has nothing to do with Theora and everything about what format Google chooses to use for YouTube, which could well be VP8. By talking about Theora he is implicating VP8 and then YouTube and Google and trying to bully them into using Apple's chosen format now that they have burned all their bridges with Adobe.

It is highly unlikely to be successful. After Google's run-ins with Apple and Apple pissing Adobe off Google have every reason in the world to make Apple's cool products even more incompatible with the content people actually want to access with them.

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RE[2]: Flash for Future?
by boldingd on Mon 3rd May 2010 18:08 in reply to "RE: Flash for Future?"
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2009-02-19

+1 insightful, I hadn't thought of it that way. Hopefully you're right. And if Google is the intended target, hopefully they'll see this for the completely baseless F.U.D. that it is, and disregard it completely. ;)

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