Re: XMMS and the new MP3 patent terms
On Tue, Aug 27, 2002 at 02:22:25PM -0700, Sean 'Shaleh' Perry wrote:
> On Tuesday 27 August 2002 13:01, Paul Johnson wrote:
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> > http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/27/1626241&mode=nocomment
> > New MP3 License Terms Demand $0.75 Per Decoder
> > PatentsPosted by chrisd on Tuesday August 27, @12:27PM
> > from the good-thing-ogg-is-up-to-speed dept.
> > Gotz writes "The licensing terms of Thomson and the Fraunhofer
> > Gesellschaft, who are the owners of the mp3 patents, have changed. Now
> > not only mp3 encoders but also mp3 decoders require a license. This
> > page lists the fees -- it's $0.75 per decoder. As a consequence, Red
> > Hat has already removed all mp3 players from the Rawhide development
> > version."
> > So does this mean XMMS gets relegated to non-free now?
> If anything it means the MP3 decoder in xmms gets disabled. Placing it in
> non-free is not sufficient.
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What if somebody where to write a mp3 decoder that does not use the
patented Fraunhofer algorithm? Like it was done with lame for encoders?
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