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: I'm sick of this
by kragil on Sat 1st May 2010 08:00 UTC in reply to "I'm sick of this"
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Amen brother,

I hate the current news. It is all about lock down, censorship and patents and people don't get it.

I am afraid the internet will be a very different place in 7 years time.

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RE[2]: I'm sick of this
by hankheathen on Sun 2nd May 2010 05:15 in reply to "RE: I'm sick of this"
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"I am afraid the internet will be a very different place in 7 years time."

Er... I'm guessing you're right. It was a lot different in 2003 than it is now too.

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