MP3 Isn't Dead

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Post by TriciaG » May 16th, 2017, 2:57 pm

I must not know the details on this topic. I had thought that the licensing of MP3s (whatever that means) doesn't have any implications except perhaps that it'd be easier to make MP3s in the future - that Audacity can bundle the MP3 encoder in with its program instead of making us install it separately, for example.

So an article saying "the sky is not falling" confuses me, when I thought the news was that the sky was in an even better position than before. :hmm:
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Post by realisticspeakers » May 16th, 2017, 8:56 pm

The popular news was that the mp3 was dead, the license was rescinded/canceled/terminated/oh my god the sky is falling.

When I first learned of it, it was confusing. The nature of this article does indeed claim the sky is not falling, and it does in fact mean the mp3 encoder can now be included in packages.

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Post by ZamesCurran » May 28th, 2017, 9:07 pm

TriciaG wrote:I had thought that the licensing of MP3s (whatever that means) doesn't have any implications except perhaps that it'd be easier to make MP3s in the future - that Audacity can bundle the MP3 encoder in with its program instead of making us install it separately, for example.
No, exactly the opposite. They still own the patent/copyright, they are just no longer going to let anyone use it.

And Audacity bundling is a completely different issue....
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Post by mahne » June 28th, 2017, 8:09 am

As I understand it, the licensing program has ended, because all patents related to mp3 are expired. Naturally they say it's dead and you shouldn't use it, because they can't make any more money with it...

And yes, Audacity could integrate an en-/decoder now, not sure if it can be the lame one, though.

here wikipedia on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3#Licensing.2C_ownership_and_legislation
and audacity: http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/MP3#Legal_Issues

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