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: H264 is the future
by l3v1 on Sat 1st May 2010 07:00 UTC in reply to "H264 is the future"
l3v1
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The MPEG-LA portfolio is so broad that it is terribly unlikely that there will be any pure codec

That is true. Yet, I've always found it fascinating that a company's monopoly when used for killing off competition has [not always, but still] been taken as being bad, but an organization comprised of the same companies creating patent-encumbered "standards" following the same behavior - i.e. for killing off the same competition - is let to roam free and do as they see fit.

Problem is, after they've been allowed to get this far, there's no way to stop them now.

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