windows migrant: choosing linux distribution

T.C. Hollingsworth tchollingsworth at gmail.com
Thu Nov 3 06:15:11 UTC 2011


On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 9:04 PM, Tim <ignored_mailbox at yahoo.com.au> wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-11-02 at 15:02 -0500, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
>> The problem with mp3 software is not that there isn't Free software
>> that that can encode/decode sound into the mp3 codec, but that the
>> codec is patented and patent owners do not permit free redistribution
>> of code to use it.
>
> I thought that one expired some years ago.

Unfortunately, there isn't just one.

They'll be expiring somewhere between 2015 and 2017, depending on
whether some can be considered invalid or not:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3#Licensing_and_patent_issues

-T.C.


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