Bug 70983 - XMMS plugins and patents on MPEG-1 Layer 3 Audio
XMMS plugins and patents on MPEG-1 Layer 3 Audio
Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: xmms (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
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Blocks: 67217
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Reported: 2002-08-07 12:15 EDT by Mukund Sivaraman
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:29 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-08-10 16:03:58 EDT
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Description Mukund Sivaraman 2002-08-07 12:15:32 EDT
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Description of problem:
Note: This applies to the mpg321 package as well.

What is the status of patents on the MPEG-1 Layer 3 Audio plugin in Xine
distributed with Red Hat? The plugin is built and distributed with Red Hat
Public Beta 2 of Limbo. Has Red Hat done any patent study on it, because it is
likely Red Hat may be held responsible for the software it sells as a commercial

Even MPEG-1 Layer 3 audio *decoding* in free software has royalties associated
with it (decoding was initially royalty free, but that situation changed a few
months ago). Please take a look at the Thomson licensing page for MP3 software at:

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. ls /usr/lib/xmms/Input/libmpg123.*
2. rpm --query mpg321

Additional info:
Comment 1 Preston Brown 2002-08-21 14:02:01 EDT
Thank you for the feedback.  We are taking steps to investigate this issue, 
and how it may apply to our products.

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