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Re: [opensuse] Goodbye to suse
  • From: John Andersen <jsa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2006 16:00:33 -0900
  • Message-id: <200612241600.33834.jsa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sunday 24 December 2006 15:00, Randall R Schulz wrote:
> If you do respect the patent, then you should stick to using commercial
> MP3 hardware and software.

Not necessary.

For home/non-commercial use, are free to use mp3.
From the mp3 licensing site:

However, no license is needed for private, non-commercial activities (e.g.,
home-entertainment, receiving broadcasts and creating a personal music
library), not generating revenue or other consideration of any kind or for
entities with associated annual gross revenue less than US$ 100 000.00.

Thomson/Fraunhofer have declined to press any actions against
free software projects, which is why such things as lame, sox, grip
and 6 or 7 others exist.

Given that, I suspect distros that are released totally for free could
arguably include mp3 support out of the box, er, download, by simply
supplying it from a non-oss media/repo, so as to avoid any problems
with the GPL.
John Andersen
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