from GigaOM by Ryan Lawler
The latest indication that Apple is trying to strong-arm publishers to adopt HTML5 and H.264 came today, as Steve Jobs reportedly claimed by email that a patent pool was being assembled to “go after” Ogg Theora and other open source codecs.
Sure, I would like a bright shiny new iPhone. I am just as susceptible to materialistic desires as the next person.
I do not feel that Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer or Mark Zuckerburg or the rest of the corrupt power brokers of the tech world should be so intent on oppressing Open Standard and Open Source endeavors.
We, the purchasing public, have empowered these Techno-dictators. We have allowed ourselves to be dazzled by bright shiny things and in doing so have tacitly accepted their despotic behaviors.
If - and it is a mighty big IF, Steve Jobs were to drop all the fabricated issues that he might have about Ogg Theora I can guarantee that sales of his "i" products would not change one wit. My point is that Jobs stands to gain nothing from taking this Open battle to the courts. Conversely, if Jobs (Apple, et al) doesn't continue to make better bright shiny things then people will look enviously at the next BST.
Steve, if you are going to play in the capitalist realm of profits please PAY ATTENTION to what is truly important. (Stop pissing off discriminating and discerning customers. Of course our number is tiny compared to the folks that simply want the next BST.)