Fluendo MP3 GStreamer Plugin in Main for Dapper?
Florian.Zeitz at gmx.de
Tue Jan 3 22:55:12 GMT 2006
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> On 12/30/05, Stephan Hermann <sh at sourcecode.de> wrote:
>>It's all about patents. Patents are evil in this case, that we're not allowed
>>to freely use them for non-commercial purposes. It would be wise for
>>Frauenhofer, to make a commitment to the opensource software world, and have
>>a special treatment for the MP3 patent for (F)OSS.
> AFAIK these patents are owned by several companies & institutions,
> including Fraunhofer, Thompson & Philips. You would need to have
> permission from all those patent-owners...
That is true, but Fraunhofer and Thomson are if I understand the
situation correctly the only patent holders, that are actually enforcing
It would definetly be a nice move to make a exception for FOSS, but I
don't think it's going to happen.
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