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Re: XMMS and the new MP3 patent terms

On  0, MKolb@haitec.de wrote:
> And now a statement:
> "Statement from Thomson Multimedia, mp3 Licensing
> In a posting appearing Tuesday August 27, 2002 on the Web site 
> 'slashdot.org', an individual cited a change in the mp3 license fee 
> structure of Thomson and Fraunhofer. The writer of the post apparently 
> misread the mp3 licensing conditions, as Thomson's mp3 licensing policy 
> has not experienced any change.
> To clarify, since the beginning of our mp3 licensing program in 1995, 
> Thomson has never charged a per unit royalty for freely distributed 
> software decoders. For commercially sold decoders -- primarily hardware 
> mp3 players -- the per-unit royalty has always been in place since the 
> beginning of the program. Therefore, there is no change in our licensing 
> policy and we continue to believe that the royalty fees of .75 cents per 
> mp3 player (on average selling over $200 dollars) has no measurable impact 
> on the consumer experience."
> So there are no license fees for free software and the whole discussion 
> has no base.

If that is so then why have RH removed all MP3 decoders from their

Tom Cook
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