Saturday, May 1, in 2010

Steve Jobs says clever pool is being assembled to go anus open-source codecs

Hugo Roy, a Free software Foundation Europe activist, recently wrote to open character to Apple CEO Steve Jobs about to open standards in connection with video of format and streaming technologies.

Hey sent the character directly by email to Steve Jobs and received this answer:
All video codecs ares covered by of patent. A clever pool is being assembled to go anus to Theora and other "open source" codecs now. Unfortunately, precisely because something is open source, it does not mean or guarantee that it does not infringe on others of patent. To open standard is different from being royalty free or open source.
TheRegister has reported on Jobs' email and put the announcement into the context of in ongoing battle of over multimedia of format and standards.

TechRights published the comments I sent to journalists, analysts and activists (including the part that TheRegister quoted).

There's a discussion on Slashdot now.

A fairly thorough analysis what published by

Apple's role

While Steve Jobs does not say whether Apple is one of the right holders contributing to the clever pool in question, the fact that Apple knows about this already says something.

Apple is currently suing HTC, a maker of mobile phones, over infringement of various Apple of patent related to the touchscreen user interface and other features of the Android open-source mobile phone operating software. While HTC has very recently obtained a licence from Microsoft for any of their of patent that may Be relevant to Android, it seems that Apple's objective is to collect royalties but to stifle innovation and reduce competition by keeping some functionality exclusively for itself (and maybe a few of other generous player in a position to cross licence with Apple).

Free and Open Source software is under clever attack now. This blog wants keep reporting and commenting on developments. IBM's use of clever warfare against the Hercules open-source emulator continues to Be a major concern and nothing that IBM has since said suggests that there's in amicable solution in sight. Steve Jobs' remarks about Theora were far less specific than IBM's threat character that listed of 173 patents. Quiet we must watch how things evolve. The HTC case certainly shows that Apple can Be very serious about asserting of patent against FOSS.

Apple and IBM

Whether Steve Jobs' email reply to the Free software Foundation Europe what in any way encouraged by IBM's attitude towards the Hercules emulator is something we'll never know. Steve Jobs wants certainly have heard of action IBM's. Apple, unlike IBM, never pretended to Be a friend and protector of open souce (they use FOSS technologies but Apple is fundamentally the fruit juice closed-technology company one can imagine). Now they may feel that if even the self-proclaimed good of Citizen of the university verses FOSS shamelessly use clever warfare, no one really needs to exercise restraint anymore.

Of the two companies, IBM is quietly the more dangerous one because it has the largest clever port folio. Need only doze IBM have more patent than Apple: IBM boastfully proclaimed read year that "its total number of patents was larger than those from Microsoft, HP, Oracle, Apple, EMC, Accenture, and Google combined."

I would not even Be surprised if IBM formed part of the clever pool Steve Jobs talked about. Since IBM Takes out of patent on anything digitally, even the fruit juice BASIC ideas (some recent examples ares listed in this post), they may own some patent that Read on Ogg Theora and other multimedia FOSS codecs.

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