[ITP] libmad/libmad0/libmad-devel: A high-quality MPEG audio decoder
Wed Sep 7 19:01:00 GMT 2005
Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> I'm not talking about the licensing of libmad, I'm talking about Fraunhofer
> and MP3, for instance. Is it safe to have decoders and/or encoders in the
> distro, just because they are OSS? As I said, I don't like the idea to get
> into trouble...
You're correct. The mp3 format/algorithm is patented, and you are
supposed to obtain a license if you ship software that uses it.
<http://www.mp3licensing.com/help/developer.html#5>. It doesn't matter
what the license of the source code is, because patents apply to
algorithms and methods not to specific implementations. This is why a
lot of noncommercial linux distros have to omit mp3-playing capability
from their package list and relegate it to "extras" or "third party
sites." So, no mp3 libs in Cygwin would seem to be the prognosis.
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