MP3 patent issues?

Kenneth Burgener kenneth at
Wed Aug 3 10:46:57 MDT 2005

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?


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