Relicensing the AMR codec for inclusion in Ubuntu
robbie at canonical.com
Fri Nov 21 20:55:20 GMT 2008
Loïc Minier wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 20, 2008, Robbie Williamson wrote:
>> Thanks for the interest in improving the codec support for Totem.
>> Unfortunately, from looking at the 3GPP questionnaire and their website,
>> 3GPP does not have the rights to licensing the code itself, simply the
>> rights to providing access and redistribution right for the specs:
>> "According to the Article 3.2.2 of the Third Generation Partnership
>> Project Agreement, the 3GPP Organizational Partners jointly own
>> copyright on the Technical Specifications and the Technical Reports
>> approved by 3GPP."
> The code is in the specs, isn't it?
I don't know, perhaps. However, it's one thing to be able to read the
spec/code, and another to implement it. I believe 3GPP only has
permission to let others read the spec/code, not implement it free of
charge. So it's probably not a good idea for a FOSS developer
interested in AMR decoding to read the spec, as then he/she would most
likely be forced to prove they didn't apply any of the concepts in their
>> Voiceage apparently has the IP rights to the AMR codec
>> (http://www.voiceage.com/amr_licterms.php) and requires payment on a per
>> use basis, which is obviously not possible for us. As stated in the bug,
>> our current best hope is to wait until support in ffmpeg is complete.
> Yup, we wont be able to offer the use of the codec by default, but I
> think it'd be nice if we'd integrate an AMR decoding implementation (in
> multiverse) telling people that they need an AMR license. It would
> allow people to use this code easily, and not write their own AMR
> decoder or a third party one when they buy the license for use of the
IMO, it's a very tricky thing. In my search through the "Googleverse" I
stumbled across this link that illustrates this point:
Robbie Williamson robbiew at ubuntu.com
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