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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US Patent laws
by Radio on Sat 1st May 2010 14:36 UTC
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Isn't this ugly mess only possible because of the US Software Patent legislation? Isn't it possible to relocate projects to Canada (like OpenBSD did) or Europe to evade this? The worldwide nature of he internet makes it difficult for government to regulate it (for example for copyright infrigment, or libel laws); why does those patents-in-US-only war should be internet world war one?

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