Fwd: RE: Policy on open source AAC encoders and decoders?
  • Vote Up0Vote Down Daniel JamesDaniel James
    Posts: 844Member, Sourcefabric Team
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    Subject: RE: Policy on open source AAC encoders and decoders?
    Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 06:22:08 +0000
    From: Visser, Mark
    To: daniel@64studio.com

    Hello Mr. James,

    Thank you for your email.

    Distribution of PC software in executable form with AAC functionality
    requires a patent license, regardless whether the product is distributed
    free of charge.

    Please find hereafter an extract from Wikipedia on this topic:

    However, a patent license is required for all manufacturers or
    developers of AAC codecs .^[37]
    For this reason free
    and open source software
    such as FFmpeg and FAAC
    may be distributed in source
    form only, in order to avoid
    patent infringement. (See below under Products that support AAC, Software.)


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    I hope this helps.

    Kind regards,

    Mark Visser


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  • Vote Up0Vote Down Albert FRAlbert FR
    Posts: 1,978Member, Airtime Moderator
    that's true...
  • And very good reason to use open source codecs like vorbis and flac
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