Gora Mohanty gora at sarai.net
Thu Dec 31 17:42:40 GMT 2009

On Thu, 31 Dec 2009 20:24:17 +0530
m k <km12187 at gmail.com> wrote:

> hi frnds
> Is it legal to convert a propritary format like mp3 to free
> format.

If you want a legal opinion, please talk to a lawyer, but
as I understand things, mp3 is not proprietary per se, but
patent-encumbered in countries that allow software patents. In
India, where software patents are not allowed, there is no
restriction on converting to/from mp3.

Please note that this freedom of converting formats is an
independent issue from whether one has legal access to the content


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