Sale of codecs

Jim Tarvid tarvid at
Thu Sep 25 20:27:42 BST 2008

On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 2:41 PM, Corey Burger <corey.burger at> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 8:49 AM, Martin Owens <doctormo at> wrote:
>> OK Misinformation busting time:
>> It is not illegal to distribute or operate most of the codecs in the
>> US or anywhere else. So long as it's the free software packages,
>> liblame (mp3), ffmpeg, libdecss, and so on. none of these packages
>> have copyright problems and none have been challenged for patent
>> problems.
>> (as an example) Accatel and mp3 parents. We have _NO_ idea if liblame
>> breaks any of the patents. It's just not safe for a _company_ to
>> _distribute_ considering they may or may not be sued and may or may
>> not loose the case against a patent suite.
> Liblame may not, but I am 99.9% sure and with damages awarded in the
> 13 figures[1], I don't think anybody is going to find out:
> Corey
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