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Re: [opensuse-offtopic] Re: [opensuse] a user call for attention on SuSE's mp3 support issue
  • From: "Charles philip Chan" <cpchan@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 13:07:59 -0500
  • Message-id: <87veipyadc.fsf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 29 Jan 2007, kai@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> I wonder then how is it MP3 is a standard. Aren't standards open by
> default?

The technical details are out in the open. MP3 is an ISO standard,
however the iso have no requirements that the standard must be patent
free or that the patent holder can't "extort" royalties. MP3 is a
typical bait and switch scam:

(1) Allow people to use it for free.

(2) Charge royalties when it is entrenched.

This page is an interesting read:

http://www.mp3-tech.org/patents.html

Charles

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