On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 02:55:06PM -0700, Eric Smith wrote:
About three hours ago on Twitter @spotrh tweeted:
"As of today, MP3 decoding software is permissible in Fedora."
Is this true? If so, could we have a bit more detail?
This is true and Spot and Christian's statements are accurate. We are
cleared to ship mp3 _decoding_ but not encoding.
I'm sorry this announcement wasn't coordinated a little better. I think
everyone (understandably) got very excited.
There are MP3-related US patents with expirations in September 2015,
February 2017, April 2017, and December 2017, and some people argue that
the last one affecting decoding may have been the one that expired in
September 2015, but I don't know of anything that changed in 2016.
Unfortuantely, I can't comment on the details.
Fedora Project Leader