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 kaiwai on Sat 1st May 2010 02:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Which patents?"
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Amen to that. I'd also throw in the current patent threats MS is making against Android to be in the same vein.

I'd love to know what patents Microsoft is claiming against Android - I know there is a move to support ActiveSync, but what technology has Android infringed on? it seems to be a stupid game of 'hide the sausage' as so far as Microsoft making accusations against a company and yet only the company and Microsoft know what patents have apparently been infringed. I'm not claiming that their position may be not be legitimate but it does raise questions when the patent holder refuses to divulge exactly what has been violated. There are claims of interface and operating system patents - but what specifically is it violating?

The worst part of this whole mess are the number of idiots that American voters keep voting in each year (senators, presidents, congressmen) who don't know the difference between copyright and patents; then again the US is the country where you win votes simply by bashing gays, promoting guns and declaring you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ(tm)

Edited 2010-05-01 02:12 UTC

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