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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by boldingd on Mon 3rd May 2010 18:03 UTC
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Having not read the comments yet:

Do note, just because someone announces that they may be attempting to assemble a patent pool to go after some given technology/vendor, it in no way means that A) they'll ever actually do it, or B) that their claim has any merit. I don't know if you've noticed, but nuisance suits are (distressingly) common in patent law: it's entirely possible, even probable that Apple's/MPEG-LA's claims are completely baseless, and their main goals are just to scare people away from Theora and make anyone who tries to use spend large amounts or precious capitol on legal defense.

(I know that all this is obvious; I say it only because Thom seems to take Apple's claims of holding an infringed patent at face value. I am dubious of their claim, and I'm going to want to see some of these supposed infringed patents before I panic and pee myself.)

Edited 2010-05-03 18:04 UTC

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