>I just had a question in regards to license fees required for use of
>MP3/4. In another mailing list, a comment was made that for every MP3
>out there, there is (supposed to be) a fee paid to someone, they did not
>mention who got it, just that someone was collecting monies for using
>the MP3 format. I have never check into the MP3 issues, as I have not
>done anything with MP3, nor do I know much about it. Does anyone know
>for sure about this? (know of a link somewhere?)
Only for encoding and streaming encoded MP3 you have to pay; you can
arrange that with 'Thomson multimedia' at http://www.mp3licensing.com , you
can also find the rates online there. For other details you can also check
out Fraunhofer's site at http://www.iis.fhg.de/ .
>Everything that I have seen so far on MP4 (or at least SAOL), has been
>released under the GPL, OR am I wrong here. Does someone still owns the
>rights for using the MP4/SAOL format and they will be expecting
You may implement SAOL for a commercial product (for example mine,
http://www.bonneville.nl/cps), but for MP4 in general I do not know, I saw
a link at Fraunhofer's site @
http://www.iis.fhg.de/amm/techinf/mpeg4/index.html which says something
about it (though nothing on licensing but you can mail them there).
As for the MP4/SAOL format, I do not know exactly, as far as I know there
is NO official MP4/SAOL format but there is one used as 'intermediate' for
saolc and sfront, that is, the SA bitstream - can anyone confirm this?
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