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Linux Journal: Do Your Homework; Thomson Multimedia suggesting MP3 patent infringement by Ogg Vorbis

Dec 23, 2000, 23:01 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Emmett Plant)

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"John Borland wrote a great article for c|net last week about the Ogg Vorbis project's decision to continue even though the company that was sponsoring them, iCast, collapsed in the dot-com drop. The Ogg Vorbis format is an extremely interesting alternative to the Fraunhofer Institute's MP3 format. I've written about Ogg Vorbis before; John Borland did his homework. Ogg Vorbis isn't just about better sound, it's about having a free and open standard, something that Linux users thrive on every day. The Fraunhofer/Thomson MP3 format is not a free and open standard, something that gives Open Source and Free Software enthusiasts a major wedgie."

"One quote from the article drove me up a wall. Thomson Multimedia, the company that controls the MP3 format's licensing and royalties, has some guy named Henri Linde, with the massively impressive title of Vice President of New Business, who uttered the following:

"We doubt very much that they are not using Fraunhofer and Thomson intellectual property," Linde said. "We think it is likely they are infringing."
"You see the problem, right? Maybe you don't. Ogg Vorbis has a kicking free alternative to MP3 that sounds fantastic. Unfortunately, the company that was paying their bills went under, but Ogg is moving forward as normal. While they try to get back on its feet, this monkey from Thomson Multimedia tries to sow doubt and cast blame on a group he probably knows very little about."

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