Re: Is anyone packaging `lame' ?
* Andrew Suffield:
>> Yet mpg321 is in main. This comes from the misunderstanding that no
>> royalties are required for decoders (as opposed to encoders). This is
>> not true, though.
> Fraunhoffer only have patents on encoders, not decoders.
Fraunhofer is not the sole patent holder. It even gets better: The
list of patents on mp3licensing.com (Thomson's official site on MP3)
is incomplete. 8-)
> They can't charge you for decoders unless you're using their
> encoding patents.
An Italian company is threating European redistributors. They collect
royalties for a patent which was filed by France Telecom which covers
a digital transmission system involving compression.