Codeina and how to proceed

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at
Sun Mar 23 07:27:57 UTC 2008

On Mar 17, 2008, "Luis Villa" <luis at> wrote:

> Either say the mp3 stuff is non-free

But is it?  Patents don't make Software non-Free, it's the use of the
power granted by a patent to stop people from enjoying the freedoms to
run, study, modify or distribute the software that makes the Software

Honest question: has anyone who actually ran or distributed mp3
decoders implemented in (otherwise-)Free Software ever been stopped
from doing so in countries where the patent encumbrances of mp3 apply?
Or have most just been scared of even trying?

Alexandre Oliva
FSF Latin America Board Member
Red Hat Compiler Engineer   aoliva@{,}
Free Software Evangelist  oliva@{,}

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