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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Fettarme H-Milch
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Because MPEG-LA (and Thomson before them with Vorbis) played the FUD card ("Surely there must be patents that cover that codec, no?")

Do you even know what you are talking about? This story is not about an actual MPEG-LA press release. It's about a possibly fake e-mail which some random blogger published and who does not even claim to be from an MPEG-LA representative, but instead from "Steven Jobs" (or a secretary of his) who -- even if the mail is legit -- may not even have all the insight about the MPEG-LA personally.

For me, I regard this mail as fake until I see the actual MPEG-LA doing something in this direction.

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pgeorgi Member since:

Do you even know what you are talking about? This story is not about an actual MPEG-LA press release.

I don't consider this "news" news. It's just the old topic: Someone who profits from MPEG-LA (directly or indirectly) hints towards patents that apply to codecs.

That this is claimed to be Steve Jobs is just a minor detail.

What _would_ be news (which actually supports your sentiment about this being fake) is that this statement is unusually direct: "We collect patents" is much more than the usual "we might be sure that there may be patents"

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