BDP - Binary Distribution Point

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Two companies (Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson Consumer Electronics) have been granted patents on mp3 encoding in some countries. They demand expensive royalties for every distributed mp3 encoder, no matter if it is distributed for free or as a commercial package. Their claims are in many cases questionable since the legislation in many countries (including the whole of Europe) clearly states that (1) patents only covers commercial use of the patented technology and (2) software-only implementations are excempt from patents.

Therefore we have to warn you that if you live in one of the following countries it might be illegal for you to download and/or use software available on this site:

Australia, Austria, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, USA

The following countries have granted patents for the use of mp3 technology in transmission of audio, still making it legal to use software available on this site for personal uses, but probably illegal to use for netcasting:

Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey

Please also note that this is the situation at the time of writing. Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson Consumer Electronics have actively been trying to extend their patents to new territories and they have great help from the US Government who is lobbying heavily to get all other countries to accept software patents as well (they call it "harmonizing" the patent legislation between different countries, when it in fact is an attempt to force their own stupid ideas onto everyone else since they figure it's good for their multinational companies. The rest of the world was allready in harmony in NOT accepting software patents before they started their campaign, now Japan has followed suit and the European Union is being heavily approached).

It's very likely that the situation will change to the worse in the future and we therefore recommend everyone to fight against further adoption of software patents! Read this article to get information on why software patents is a bad idea and go to to help fight against software patents.






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