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The MP3 Format is now Patent Free

Accepted submission by Anonymous Coward at 2017-05-03 11:47:15 from the lets-party-like-its-1999 dept.
Digital Liberty

MP3 decoding was already free and got recently included in Fedora []. But now, encoding is also free according to Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS []: "On April 23, 2017, Technicolor's mp3 licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated." The Wikipedia MP3 article [] confirms that.

So, do you still use an MP3 library or have you switched to another format or means of listening to music such as (spying built-in) streaming services?

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