In practice, though, only the copyright holder can enforce a GPL violation, and they won’t in this case, so the only danger is from the patent infringement. Ubuntu seems to be considering including the plugin in its “restricted” area. This is Arjan Van de Ven’s slippery slope: Free Redistribution The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution containing programs from several different sources. In an ideal world, our systems would include free codecs for all of the widely-used audio and video formats.


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A summary of Section 7 would be: PING, of course, is a duck. Well, to be able to get it in my car, that’s the main thing I’d like.

If I’m and end user, I still have to install extra software to play my MP3s so the situation hasn’t improved one bit. So regardless of this plugin’s license, if you distribute this plugin with software the end gst-fluenvo-mp3 is probably going to be under the GPL.

Fluendo has bought a patent license for the Gst-fluwndo-mp3 technology, and has used it to make a couple of different items available: There are plenty of restrictions in the contract, including an end-user license which prohibits further redistribution.

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The ‘reselling’ part you are mentioning is that we of course can’t give everyone the same right we have, meaning that people could sign a contract with us, then have other people sign contracts with them and so on.


My comments concerned particular patent encumbrances and other legal obstances that do happen to be imposed in a fashion that blocks exercise of those rights. Ubuntu seems gst-flusndo-mp3 be considering including the plugin in its “restricted” area. Rick Moen rick linuxmafia.

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The contributions from Fluendo do not qualify as a solution, but they could well help make Linux work for people who were not able to do what they wanted previously. MAD has a serious problem: Of course, being a commercial distributor puts things in a far different light, but the clock is still counting down, either way.


Neither is legal, but not because of Section 7. This plugin is fully licensed, so any Linux user on a supported version of a supported distribution on a supported architecture should be able to install it and play MP3 files without patent worries.

If Richard had decided that he didn’t need to share the source code for his utilities? Is that good enough for you? Assuming that Mandriva feels safe in shipping MP3 codecs now, it probably sees little to gain by adding a binary-only version. I’m being extreme–probably Section 7 has some legal significance.


More gsst-fluendo-mp3, it’s slower and lower-quality than MAD. Here’s a patent portfolio from Thompson: It appears from your links that there are a collection of patents claimed to apply, mid eighties thru mid nineties. There are other freely-licensed MP3 decoders available, but the Fluendo release is still worthy of note due to its use of the BSD license.

Interpretations of Section 7 have gotten mad! Also keep in mind that every single one of those “easy to install” Fedora MP3 add ons are 1 in no way easy to install unless you’re a Linux dork with nothing interesting to do with your life besides sit in front of a computer and learn how things like yum and rpm work, and b are all illegal in many countries, including the the USA.



You can use the patent-licensed binary from Fluendo, or if your distributor signs a distribution agreement with Fluendo, a patent-licensed binary built by them. A binary-only hst-fluendo-mp3 of fst-fluendo-mp3 plugin which has been made freely downloadable via the Fluendo web shop.

The world we actually live in, unfortunately, requires that we set our expectations a little lower. After that, won’t be far away. If Linus had been tolerant of using the Minix kernel without source, would we be where we are today?


It’s not gst-fluendo–mp3 hard to add mp3 support to Fedora post-install, the internet is covered in easy to find documentation and prepackaged rpms. I can’t link it to GPLd software. This language makes it hard to distribute patent-encumbered, GPL-licensed code, so the redistribution of any application containing a GPL-licensed MP3 codec is legally dubious.

Posted Jan 2, It doesn’t even sound all that good, compared to some of the alternatives.

Which might even help convince hardware vendors to support alternative audio formats in their firmware.