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NewsForge: Legal Debate Could Hinder Fluendo MP3 Component

Jan 19, 2006, 10:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"A debate sprang up on the Ubuntu developers' mailing list shortly following Fluendo's release of a licensed MP3 plugin for the GStreamer multimedia framework used by Rhythmbox and other media player applications. At issue is whether Ubuntu--or any distributor--can ship both the MP3 plugin and a GPL-licensed player that uses it.

"Fluendo has an agreement with MP3 patent-holder Fraunhofer ISS that allows the company to offer the plugin free of charge to end users and software distributors..."

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