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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.

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