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Canada Computes: Audio Column: Format Wars 2 - The Chicken or the Ogg?

Oct 19, 2000, 12:36 (10 Talkback[s])
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"...Now, even that one link may be severed. A group of programmers, calling themselves the Xiphophorus company, have taken it upon themselves to concoct a new patent-free audio format that owes nothing to any corporate entity."

"Ogg Vorbis (yes, you read it right the first time!) is an audio format and a compression technology roughly akin to MP3, but published under the GNU Public License (GPL) favored by the Open Source and "copyleft" movement."

"The GPL guarantees that the specifications, technologies, reference source code, decoders, plugins and other tools are available to anyone who wants to use them, whether for their own purposes or for profit. Just about the only restriction under the GPL agreement is that any modifications to the original code must also be published under the GPL."

"Companies wishing to use Ogg Vorbis as the basis for proprietary products are quite free to do so, as long as they either develop their own source code from scratch, or link to specific Ogg Vorbis code libraries covered by the less restrictive GNU Lesser General Public License."

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