Bug 219099 - audio/lame: Remove patent restrictions
Summary: audio/lame: Remove patent restrictions
Status: Closed Overcome By Events
Alias: None
Product: Ports & Packages
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Individual Port(s) (show other bugs)
Version: Latest
Hardware: Any Any
: --- Affects Only Me
Assignee: Alexander Leidinger
URL: https://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/ff/a...
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-05-06 17:55 UTC by Pedro F. Giffuni
Modified: 2017-05-07 14:17 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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bugzilla: maintainer-feedback? (netchild)

lame patent/license cleanup (545 bytes, patch)
2017-05-06 17:55 UTC, Pedro F. Giffuni
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Description Pedro F. Giffuni freebsd_committer 2017-05-06 17:55:55 UTC
Created attachment 182342 [details]
lame patent/license cleanup


"On April 23, 2017, Technicolor's mp3 licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated."

Linux distributions, in particular Fedora are now enabling MP3 enconding so I think we can follow.

Add LICENSE while here.
Comment 1 Baptiste Daroussin freebsd_committer 2017-05-06 18:01:16 UTC
There are still 2 valid patents: 
- 5,703,999:  Expires: December 30, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                       
- 5,924,060:  Expires: August 29, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                         

fedora started distributing long ago, so is debian, but because they decided to ship it anyway and only restrict it again if they get threaten iirc;
Comment 2 Pedro F. Giffuni freebsd_committer 2017-05-06 18:36:00 UTC
(In reply to Baptiste Daroussin from comment #1)

Interesting, thanks.

According to Google, at least the first one (5,703,999) is also owned by Fraunhofer so the license statement covers it (there is basically no way to license it anymore).

I guess we may have to wait until August 29 to be absolutely safe.
Comment 3 Pedro F. Giffuni freebsd_committer 2017-05-07 14:17:44 UTC
Both patents seem to be owned by the same authors, so I suspect Fedora is going a reasonably safe path, however IANAL and I don't plan to become one so I think we should wait at least until after the next release.