Codeina and how to proceed

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at
Tue Mar 25 05:36:56 UTC 2008

On Mar 24, 2008, Bill Nottingham <notting at> wrote:

>> 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?

> Does it really matter? There have been shutdowns due to patent licensing
> on MP3 in the past month - why poke the bear with something obvious.

Software-only or hardware?  Encoders or decoders?

MP3 patent holders used to distinguish between these cases.

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

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