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[3]: Patent absurdity.
by phoudoin on Sun 2nd May 2010 23:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Patent absurdity. "
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when they created this damn system they never thought guys in their living rooms will be able to create tech that could rival theirs.

Which, how ironic, why the patent system was created in the first place: to protect inventor, any inventor, ideas from market's robbers.

Long time lapse, and now the market use the patent system to forbid any inventor but them to create new ideas, even without profit motivation, worst, in particular when it's without profit motivation.

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