[linux-elitists] MP3 patents
Seth David Schoen
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.
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