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Re: Bug#349693: ITP: gst-fluendo-mp3 -- MP3 decoder plugin for GStreamer

On Wednesday 25 January 2006 21:53, Florian Weimer <fw@deneb.enyo.de> wrote:
> There is no difference between decoders and encoders.  Both require
> patent licenses.  There are a few references to a statement by some of
> the patent holders (Thomson IIRC, the company representing one of the
> larger MP3 pools) that free[1] decoders can use a royalty-free
> license.  This statement has either never been made by Thomson, or it
> has been withdrawn.  Thomson has no intent to go after purely
> non-commercial activities, though.  So Debian itself should be fine,
> but Debian distributors probably aren't.
> [1] "free" as in "beer".  If you use your free-as-in-freedom GPLed
>     decoder for commercial activities, you need to obtain a license.
>     Thomson made that one pretty clear.

This factor makes it significantly different from the other programs which are 
afflicted with patent claims.  If Thomson has made clear statements about a 
common use case of software based on their patents in Debian then it's quite 
different to a battle between Adobe and Macromedia.

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