[linux-elitists] MP3 patents

Seth David Schoen schoen@loyalty.org
Sun Sep 2 11:25:50 PDT 2001


Jack Moffitt writes:

> > What's the deal with patents on MP3 players?
> > 
> > http://www.mp3licensing.com/ says they need a license!  Other people
> > seem to disagree.
> 
> Free player don't need a license, to my knowledge, or rather, they are
> granted a free license.
> 
> Commercial decoders do need a license.
> 
> Most people don't seem to bother, and it's generally thought that their
> decoding patents are much less enforceable than their encoding ones.
> 
> That being said, this is helping Ogg out a great deal, and is the reason
> we've shipped in two commercial games already.

OK, I'm going to include an MP3 player in the LNX-BBC downloadable
packages, then, but I'm going to have a README which flames software
patents and promotes Ogg.

Speak now or forever hold your peace!

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