MP3 patent issues?
steve at wonkabar.org
Wed Aug 3 04:04:56 MDT 2005
Kenneth Burgener wrote:
> I have heard that the MP3 encoding is patented. Is this correct?
> What does a patent protect? If I were to encode a WAV to MP3 and NOT
> sale the MP3 does this violate a patent?
> How about if I take a WAV file, encode it with LameMP3 and send it to a
> client? Would this violate the MP3 patent?
> Does anyone know where to find some good information on this?
I had the same question a long time ago, and I did all kinds of research
and it seemed that the developers of the MP3 codec (Franhoffer or
something like that) basically said a license wasnt needed for
non-commercial encoding, so OSS projects are in the clear (it was in
some interview, I wish I could find the link). But if you look at their
website, then it's not so clear:
So, whatever. Use OGG Vorbis. That's the only decent conclusion I
could come to. :)
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