The MP3 format is already patent-free

for better or for worse, MP3 format changed the way you listen and distributes music. Its mere existence transferred bands and artists to unimaginable on Earth corners, while he served as starting point for the development of alternative formats. In its 24 year history, MP3 resulted in dozens of lawsuits and disputes, however, the Fraunhofer Institute shared through a brief statement that the last licensing program of Technicolor and Fraunhofer to certain MP3 technology patents are done.

Napster, Kazaa, Audiogalaxy, Ares Winamp iPod, Chinese players, music streaming all this… has something in common, and is MP3 format . His adventure began in 1993 with the publication of the standard ISO/IEC 11172-3:1993 and from there, the public basically absorbed to this technology. Now, consider the limitations of the time. The Internet was in its infancy. Broadband connections were a dream of science fiction, and in addition to fighting with unstable telephone links, we pay a fortune. I still remember things like celebrate a volley of four kilobytes per second after having read one hour advanced commands in the modem (AT&F&C1&D2… ugh) . The compression was not only welcome: was critical to preserve our mental health. What was once impossible to share, MP3 placed at our disposal with a wait of 15-20 minutes . Winamp was born in 1997. Two years later came Napster. MP3 had begun his world conquest, and as it was to be expected, everyone wanted to come to the party.

software, devices… the MP3 format is everywhere despite their limitations, and now no longer has patent. What’s next?

The legal aspect of the MP3 it was as turbulent as the discussions on the format in specialized forums, and if we add the differences between countries, in essence was a hot iron . What qualifies under free and legal use in a region, enables the possibility of one lawsuit in another. We are going to do a drastic reduction of all that chaos and say that the vast majority of patents related to MP3 expired during all the year 2012 in the European Union. The large asterisk (y campo de batalla preferido) was United States, since it technically allows extensions in registration applications. Depending on the interpretation, the MP3 was free of patents on the other side of the pond on September 22, 2015, or 16 April 2017 . And that… leaves us to the doors of the latest announcement of Fraunhofer .

April 23, Fraunhofer and Technicolor (compañía dueña y administradora de la última patente US6009399) gave its licensing program linked to patents and software MP3 by finished . This opens a new chapter for all those developments that are free and open source that for years they were forced to put aside the MP3 support, in an attempt to avoid legal conflicts. The first thing that comes to mind are the Linux distros but also have to think of alternative players, mobile apps, and much more.

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