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CNET News.com: MP3 rival attempts to shield developers

Feb 28, 2001, 00:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Borland)

"The group of programmers trying to create an open-source alternative to the MP3 format is going nonprofit, hoping to raise funds and give developers legal cover in an increasingly litigious online music world."

"The team behind the Ogg Vorbis format has created the Xiph Foundation, which will serve as a nonprofit parent for the open-source development efforts. The programmers are trying to create a format for online music that will carry none of the patent license fees associated with MP3 and other proprietary technologies."

"The foundation is designed partly to raise money for the project, which has been without steady funding since Net radio station and erstwhile parent iCast closed its door. The development efforts are now being supported through a few donations and the personal savings of the people involved."

"But the nonprofit status also should help the project establish a foothold in the corporate world, where developers hope to see the technology supported inside music player software, video games and devices. This requires some guarantee of longevity and legal stability for the project, as the team is going up against the interests of powerful corporations that own rights to the dominant online music formats."

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