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Java Media Framework Drops MP3 186

realinvalidname writes "Sun had stopped downloads of its Java Media Framework about a week ago due to an undisclosed 'licensing issue.' Now we know what it is, as they've removed MP3 encoding and decoding from the JMF that's downloadable now. Of course, this isn't surprising given recent news about new MP3 licensing terms."
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Java Media Framework Drops MP3

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  • by clambert ( 519009 ) on Sunday September 01, 2002 @11:41PM (#4182400) Homepage
    Do they already have Ogg? Was it added? Or will they be adding it? --clambert
  • Unfortunate (Score:2, Interesting)

    by shlong ( 121504 ) on Sunday September 01, 2002 @11:44PM (#4182410) Homepage
    I'm a big Java supported, but this is unfortunate. It will only serve to make Java less relevant. You'd think that Sun could have worked out something with donating the licensing fees and made it a 'goodwill' guesture towards the Java community. Oh well.
  • Re:Unfortunate (Score:3, Interesting)

    by mark-t ( 151149 ) <markt.nerdflat@com> on Sunday September 01, 2002 @11:57PM (#4182451) Journal
    I see your point as to why you feel this is unfortunate, but would you mind explaining to the rest of us exactly why a company should invest licensing fees in something that's almost as free as air?
  • by innocent_white_lamb ( 151825 ) on Monday September 02, 2002 @02:19AM (#4182705)
    The existence of a patent somewhere in the world should not affect the GPL.

    That is an excellent point. If this project is somehow patent-encumbered in the USA but not in Canada or Europe, then it should be perfectly legal to use it in Canada and Europe under the terms of the GPL as was intended by the author. However, it seems to me that this project and others like it would be illegal in the USA.

    Yet another reason why I'm thinking that advanced software development (hell, software development in general) may soon be moving out of the USA due to the prevailing legal climate in a manner similar to the way that some doctors are leaving due to the high cost of malpractice insurance created as a result of outrageous jury awards in malpractice suits.

It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster. - Voltaire