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Re: [opensuse] (incomplete) list of possibilities (and impossibilities) to play mp3 on SuSE 10.2
  • From: John Andersen <jsa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 19:15:12 -0900
  • Message-id: <200701291915.13013.jsa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Monday 29 January 2007, M Harris wrote:
>         Eventually this issue will die--- like the GIF issue has died... most folks
> use JPEG now.

Seems to me that the GIF issue died because the patent died, which will
also happen to mp3 patents circa 2011 give or take a year or two.

According to some people JPEG was not totally free either,
http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,53981,00.html
however these claims were largely (but not totally) struck down
only a year ago.
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/05/30/jpeg_patent_invalida.html
Other claims still exist:
http://swpat.ffii.org/pikta/xrani/jpeg/index.en.html
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