MP3 Patent Expiration

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MP3 Patent Expiration

Post by ernest314 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:45 pm

Audacity has always had a separate mp3 encoder due to patent issues. However, it was in the news recently that mp3 patents are expiring, and it seems like the majority of relevant patents have already expired this year. The wiki also claims that the last mp3 patents (will)/expire in 2017:

Has there been any consideration of adding native mp3 encoding support to audacity?

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Re: MP3 Patent Expiration

Post by Gale Andrews » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:59 am

It has been considered but there are aspects to this that mean we are not ready yet to include native MP3 encoding.

I hope it will happen when those issues are resolved.

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