|author||Alexander Leidinger <netchild@FreeBSD.org>||2018-08-01 20:01:27 +0000|
|committer||Alexander Leidinger <netchild@FreeBSD.org>||2018-08-01 20:01:27 +0000|
Move patents text from the Makefile to a file.
While I'm here, make it more an explanatory text than just a copy&paste from the previous comment of the Makefile. Requested by: portmgr (mat)
Notes: svn path=/head/; revision=476193
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+Intellectual Property Precaution
+Verious sources explain that the MP3 patents are expired. Various
+linux distributions provide precompiled LAME packages for download
+Most sources, (e.g. http://www.mp3licensing.com/) only talk about
+the FhG and Technicolor patent portfolio, but there are also
+portfolios from Sisvel (from Philips) and Nokia (from AT&T -> Lucent
+Some "old" patents are now expired, but there are more recent MP3
+patents. Some of the more recent ones are e.g. multi-channel related.
+Multi-channel (>2 channels) is not implemented in LAME, but this
+doesn't mean that there are other patents which could match what
+is implemented in LAME.
+There was no investigation (in the LAME project) about which patent
+exists, which one is implemented in LAME, and which one is not (yet)
+expired. As such it is not known if LAME could now be distributed
+as a binary package or not.
+Linux distributions seem to go the "let's see if get sued" way,
+FreeBSD does not follow this.