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authorBaptiste Daroussin <bapt@FreeBSD.org>2020-11-12 16:11:37 +0000
committerBaptiste Daroussin <bapt@FreeBSD.org>2020-11-12 16:11:37 +0000
commit6356d8c7e8a5b3311140aa8b74af61db9b595ae7 (patch)
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parent864bc1d6fe7cf37ce67a02454691936452da83ed (diff)
Patents are a complicated topic, and their regulation varies depending on
jurisdiction. Patents are not necessarily related to the license and so should not be connected to the license framework. As a project we will officially remove all patent limitations within the ports tree and leave it to the user or consumer to deal with their local legislation to determine if they can use the software without legal restrictions. Approved by: core
Notes: svn path=/head/; revision=554970
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-# $FreeBSD$
-Intellectual Property Precaution
-Verious sources explain that the MP3 patents are expired. Various
-linux distributions provide precompiled LAME packages for download
-since then.
-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
--> Alcatel).
-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.