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Hi. since mp3 is a copyrighted audio format, do i need a license to use directshow for mp3 playback in my applications?

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No. You only need to pay when you provide the encoder/decoder. IF you use a codec already provided by the system (and do not distribute it - but this is on another track, actually) there is nothing to pay. When using DIrectShow, you are "merely" putting the UI on top of the stream handling infrastructure already provided.

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No. You only need to pay when you provide the encoder/decoder. IF you use a codec already provided by the system (and do not distribute it - but this is on another track, actually) there is nothing to pay. When using DIrectShow, you are "merely" putting the UI on top of the stream handling infrastructure already provided.


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Thomas Tomiczek
THONA Consulting Ltd.
(Microsoft MVP C#/.NET)

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ok, so it''s totally legal and free to use directshow to stream mp3 even in an commersial application? that seems good to med.. however, ogg vorbis may be better...

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