Fluendo MP3 GStreamer Plugin in Main for Dapper?

Florian Zeitz florian-zeitz at lycos.de
Fri Dec 30 13:20:04 GMT 2005

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MadMan2k schrieb:
> Stephan Hermann wrote:
>> So we have free-as-in-beer, but not as in free speech.
>> Better then nothing....who is packaging?
>> \sh
> we already have a free-as-in-beer and free-as-in-speech mp3 plugin;
> gstreamer-mad.
> Sure the above does not apply to the US, but to most of the other
> countries including germany. (as far as I can tell with my wikipedia
> knowledge)
> Furthermore I dont know if the fluedo plugin is a adequate replacement
> for mad.
> If its not the user would have to istall mad anyway ant it would be not
> a real benefit.
> And to even have any benefit fluendo-mp3 has to be shipped on CD...
> IMO the only improvement we can make in this case is offering a non-us
> Ubuntu with all the patented stuff included.
> M2k

Actually they seem to have (which I'm wondering about, because I'd say
this is a software patent, which is not legal) a patents on this in
Germany. At least they claim to have some, as well as in Belgium,
France, etc. [1].
It would be interesting to know which of this patents are actually
touched by gstreamer-mad (as someone said before it is theoreticaly
possible to implement a mp3 plugin without touching any of this patents,
but it's practicaly hard or impossible).
It would also be interresting which of this patents apply to encoding
and decoding, because we are mainly interrested in decoding mp3 AFAIK.
This is of course a very hard job and takes a lot of time.

I have read a lot on this topic and it's all contradicting itself somehow.
So all I educatetly say right now is that my brain hurts.

[1] http://www.mp3licensing.com/patents/index.html
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