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Re: [gNewSense-users] The mp3 issue

From: Dean Linkous
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] The mp3 issue
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2006 08:53:02 -0800 (PST)

--- "J.B. Nicholson-Owens" <address@hidden>
> Fluendo's MP3 software is pitched as being licensed
> under the MIT X11 
> license, but there's a second license some users
> have to contend with, a 
> patent license.  MP3 encoders and decoders implement
> patented ideas, the 
> patent is held by Fraunhofer and licensed by a
> number of organizations, 
<big giant snip>

Does a end user need a patent license?

If Fluendo has paid for the patent license shouldn't
the MIT/X11 code be unencumbered? 

I personally live in the US but I do not use mp3.

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