Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Thomson Multimedia / the Frauenhofer Institute own several patents related to MP3 encoding of stuff. They had previously said they weren't going to charge money for licenses for free implementations. They've decided to stop allowing that, and now everybody has to pony up cash for MP3 players. Xiph, the makers of an alternative encoder which is not patent-encumbered, have published An Open Thank-You Letter.