Re: mp3 encoding patents.
On Sat, Sep 16, 2000 at 12:23:21PM +0200, Simon Richter wrote:
> AFAIK the MP3 compression function isn't protected, the psychoacustic
> model they use is (represented by the tables). lame has its own
> psychacustic model, so it should be safe to use and package.
I think you might be wrong with that. The whole format seems to
be encumbered by patents. Thomson/Fraunhofer even want to charge
the distribution of electronic music. According to
we even might run into trouble with mp3 Decoders:
"No license fee is expected for desktop software mp3
decoders/players that are distributed free-of-charge via the
Internet for personal use of end-users."
However, I don't know if their patents are really applicable to
all the uses they claim on that page...
Ingo "not a lawyer"
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