[whatwg] Patent on VP3 / Apple

Manuel Amador (Rudd-O) rudd-o at rudd-o.com
Thu Dec 13 14:46:37 PST 2007


I just received a rather disturbing comment (if it is true) on my Web site.  
And I quote:

<p>Apple's position on this is very surprising.  Apple is ostensibly concerned 
about some unspecified legal risk from Theora.  However, Apple ships the 
flash plugin, including the VP6 codec, which is based on the same VP3 code as 
Theora.  Therefore, if there were some undisclosed patent, Apple is already 
at risk.   They would take little additional risk shipping a theora 

<p>This leaves only two plausible explanations for Apple's 
behavior.  Either:</p>

<p>1) Apple's real motivation is to promote Quicktime by sabotaging Ogg</p>


<p>2) Adobe is indemnifying Apple against a patent lawsuit over the Flash 

Is there anything truthful / false in this comment?  I'm only airing it here 
to give you a chance so it doesn't stick as a rumor -- this particular 
comment has been making its rounds (see Technorati, for example).

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