[icecast] no mp3s with ices2!? an other way?

Michael Smith msmith at xiph.org
Sat May 31 09:10:25 PDT 2003



On Sunday 01 June 2003 02:04, Stefan Neufeind wrote:
> On 1 Jun 2003 at 1:44, Geoff Shang wrote:
> > I don't see a lot of point adding MP3 output support to ices 2.x.
> > Ices 0.x does MP3, ices 2.x does ogg.  Seems simple enough.  Ices 0.x
> > will even read ogg files.  There's an argument for enabling MP3 input
> > support for ices 2.x, but as has been said already, patent issues are
> > a problem now that decoders need to be licensed, so I don't expect to
> > see it.
>
> But we're not talking about "decoding", are we? Just sending the raw
> mp3-data to the server. Or are you talking about re-encoding while
> streaming to the server? In this point I agree with your patent-
> doubts!

Without attempting to argue the validity of these claims, I'll just put 
forward the fact that the mp3 patent licensors claim that their patents cover 
any form of mp3 streaming (as a _seperate_ thing from encoding and decoding), 
and that you should pay them for doing so.

Mike

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