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Re: x11amp

On Mon, Feb 01, 1999 at 10:22:45PM -0500, ijr@po.cwru.edu wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 01, 1999 at 04:02:13PM -0500, Shaleh wrote:
> >> > Why should it be non-free if it's GPL?
> >> 
> >> the mp3 patent
> > 
> > Decoding has been given free license...  It's the mp3 ENcoders that are
> > non-free.
> Actually, according to their FAQ, Fraunhoffer is choosing not to enforce their
> patents on the decoding process at this time.  They could do so whenever they
> choose.

Patents are like Copyrights in this regard...  Use it or lose it.  By not
enforcing any patent to decoders they might have, they essentially have
given up this right.  That FAQ is all the legal defense you need should
they ever start enforcing them.

Anticipation is the sweetest form of torture...

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