[Ffmpeg-devel] Legal questions...

Michel Bardiaux mbardiaux
Tue Oct 4 16:51:19 CEST 2005

Ronald S. Bultje wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-10-04 at 14:49 +0200, Mat wrote:
>>So you think that in the mini-legal FAQ of FFmpeg ( 
>>http://ffmpeg.sourceforge.net/legal.php ), the last questions is for 
>>America and for others countries with software patents, right?
> No. European companies in European countries also pay royalties. We may
> not have official software patents in Europe, most of the countries
> still have them at a national level one way or another (sad but true).
> Better get used to it: MPEG *is* owned by companies. You *do* owe them
> royalties, through MPEG-LA. If you don't want that, don't use MPEG.
> Cheers,
> Ronald
MPEG-LA does not mention anything regarding MPEG-1, not even MPEG-1 
audio/level-III, a.k.a. mp3. What's the patent situation on these?

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