Patent-free software where it makes sense

Alex Puchades alex94puchades at
Wed Jun 10 21:21:03 UTC 2015

It seems [1] that there are mixed opinions about the matter. I'll check
with fedora-legal. In any case, things like this [2][3][4] are really sad.


2015-06-10 20:30 GMT+02:00 Bruno Wolff III <bruno at>:

> On Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 19:59:05 +0200,
>  Ahmad Samir <ahmadsamir3891 at> wrote:
>> The funny thing about the MP3 patent expiring is that really MP3 is
>> going away, and has been going away for some time now; AAC encoded
>> audio in an MP4 container is becoming more prevalent these days, and
>> of course AAC is another codec you can't legally add in a distro that
>> resides in the u.s. .... so it looks like a race, one that Linux is
>> losing unless users add 3rd party repos that can package those
>> patent-encumbered codecs; 3rd party repos have a lower risk of getting
>> sued, since they're individuals and suing them wouldn't bring in that
>> much money anyway (you need to sue a big wealthy company to justify
>> the lawyer hourly fees :)), of course IANAL, so don't take my views on
>> legal matters to heart.
> Opus ( has become an
> important audio codec that doesn't have patent problems.
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