Codeina and how to proceed

Bill Nottingham notting at
Tue Mar 25 13:56:50 UTC 2008

Alexandre Oliva (aoliva at said: 
> >> 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.

And? Fedora needs to be freely re-distributable for *any* use. Including
building your own hardware player using it.


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