[Portaudio] libaudiodecoder - The Cross-Platform Audio Decoder API
bjorn at xowave.com
Sun Apr 15 23:23:19 EDT 2012
On Apr 15, 2012, at 10:29 PM, Phil Burk wrote:
> On 4/15/12 6:51 PM, Ross Bencina wrote:
>> Can you support your assumption that using native platform-supplied
>> codecs completely covers any patent licence requirements for
>> applications using your lib (or the native platform libs)? I never saw
>> proof of this myself but maybe it is documented somewhere?
> IANAL but...
> I once had a correspondence with a representative from Fraunhofer/Thompson regarding MP3 encoder licenses. He said that if I was able to call out to a built-in library in Windows for my MP3 encoding/decoding then I would not have to worry about patent licenses. But if I wanted to bundle an MP3 codec in my Java Applet that ran on any platform then it would be an issue.
> The assumption is that Windows has paid the huge fees required by Fraunhofer for the use of MP3 on Windows.
My understanding is that the situation is different on the mac: Apple only paid for the encoding license for iTunes, not the whole OS. I'm pretty sure there are calls for decoding. I could be wrong, but that's my understanding.
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