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Re: MP3 decoders' non-freeness

On Tue, Aug 06, 2002 at 04:51:22PM +0000, M. Drew Streib wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 06, 2002 at 09:42:44PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> > Oh, sorry, my bad I wasn't paying attention. Debian includes mp3 decoders
> > too; there's been rumours and mild scaremongering about whether mp3
> > decoding has been patented, but nothing definite. OTOH, there has been
> It is definite. mp3 decoders also require licensing. 

What's definite is that Fraunhofer want to make as much money as possible.
What's likewise definite is that they have patents on mp3 encoding.

> http://mp3licensing.com/royalty/index.html

That they're willing to take your money for writing a decoder isn't
highly indicative of whether you need to, and they're probably the least
unbiassed source of information on the topic.


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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