"Open-source software developers hoping to create a free
replacement for the MP3 technology are pushing ahead with their
project after the collapse of their parent, Webcasting start-up
"For the last few months of its existence, CMGI's iCast was the
official home of the colorfully named Ogg Vorbis project, an
attempt to create a digital music compression format that would
sound as good as or better than the MP3 format but lack prohibitive
"Although most consumers view the popular online music
technology as wholly free, companies that create software or
hardware to play or encode MP3, as well as those that distribute
MP3 downloads, must pay patent royalties. Webcasters ultimately
will be in the same boat, probably as soon as next year."
"With the demise of iCast, a casualty of CMGI's recent round of
belt-tightening, the Vorbis programming team was cut loose. It was
allowed to keep all rights to its work, a provision that was part
of its original deal in joining iCast, the programmers say."
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