Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] linking mp3 decoders with rhythmbox

On Sat, 2003-05-10 at 20:18, Colin Walters wrote:
> Hi,
> Havoc Pennington raised the issue on IRC of rhythmbox linking against
> mp3 decoders like the mad GStreamer plugin.  Technically since the
> plugin is using a patented codec, and rb is GPL the result is illegal to
> distribute.  To work around this legalistic braindamage, we would have
> to add an exception to the license saying that linking against any
> GStreamer plugin is acceptable.
> Havoc says he's going to try to see if we can get a lawyer like Eben
> Moglen to help write an exception.
> In the meantime though, I would like to float the idea here, because we
> would need permission from all the copyright holders to change the
> license.  Are you guys amenable to this?  

The only thing needed is for us to have a copy of libid3tag in
monkey-media. What we use mad for is finding the length and bitrate of
the stream, I have cut'n'paste code in qahog to do that without mad.


Bastien Nocera <>

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