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Re: MP3 decoders' non-freeness

On Tue, 2002-07-23 at 16:12, Bas Zoetekouw wrote:
> > There most certainly are patents on mp3. I won't comment on enforceability
> > or relevance. Regardless, the burden of proof is on the violator
> > of the patents, as they have already been granted.
> > http://www.mp3licensing.com/royalty/index.html
> Do these patents also apply to programs (like libmap for example) that
> have been written from scratch, just using the ISO/IEC standards?

Yes. That's the point of patents: they are more restrictive than
copyrights because they cover the process, not the implementation.

Joe Drew <hoserhead@woot.net> <drew@debian.org>

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