MP3 Issue

Eike Lange eike.lange at
Wed Aug 28 11:24:41 UTC 2002


On Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 10:43:29AM +0100, Martyn Ranyard wrote:
> Thompson and Fraunhoffer have a patent (at least in the US) that covers the 
> MP3 algorithm.  Is it enforcable outside the US?
> Fraunhoffer are a German company - does Germany allow Software and 
> Algorithm patents?

It seems, it's more a point of European law, which is actually
discordant in this point. We have 30.000 softwarepatents in Europe and
they are valid, AFAIK.

Please have a look at

Please write to your European representatives and ask him to say "NO!"
to softwarepatents.



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