K3b & MAD (MP3)

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Tue Jun 12 15:23:44 UTC 2007

On Tuesday 12 June 2007, Greg Booth wrote:
>> Untested, but I remember people answering this. Install libk3b2-mp3  Not
>> sure why a wrapper can't be uninstalled by default (using a standard
>> package for the actual codec ), but there you go.
>MP3 format is copyrighted there for many distributions make you
>install those codecs as that then places the burden of guilt on YOU
>for installing copyrighted material instead of them for including
>copyrighted material.
I believe its a patent problem, not a copyright one.

>Like Nigel said though, it would be nice if it just SAID to install
>libk3b2-mp3. I suppose K3B is just covering their butt though.

I believe the courts would interpret a direct, plain, you need to install such 
and such patented codec message as being contributing.  Its a liability a 
single coder, or small loosely linked group of them cannot afford.  Its 
unfortunate that this leaves us playing 10,000 monkeys until someone in the 
know 'suggests' the correct answer.

Cheers, Gene
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