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Re: [opensuse] a user call for attention on SuSE's mp3 support issue
  • From: Pascal Bleser <pascal.bleser@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2007 07:02:00 +0100
  • Message-id: <45C18258.40406@xxxxxxxxx>
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John Andersen wrote:
> On Tuesday 30 January 2007, Carlos E. R. wrote:
>> Interestingly, ogg might use mp3 as the audio codec. >;-)
>>
>> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogg#Ogg_codecs>
>
> So then those who preach ogg from the hill tops are still
> not necessarily any more free of patents until they prove
> that speex and vorbis are not violating someone's patent?

for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
std::cout << i << std::endl;
}

I'm sure this violates a software patent as well.

umm... hang on for a minute...
/me checks...
/me files a patent for the for loop and gets rich !!!

No, seriously, Vorbis, FLAC and Theora probably violate patents.
The problem are the software patents in the first place. Many of them
are so vague that they apply to lots of pieces of software that have
been written by people who never saw those patents and started from scratch.
That's exactly why software patents are a ridiculous (but extremely
dangerous) idea in the first place.

Still, with MP3, the question isn't even open. It's pretty clear, and
it's damn restrictive.

cheers
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