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Hello, Is it legal to adapt the mp3 compression algorithm in a project? If so, what are the constraints. Thanks for any info, exorcist_bob

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I think that you have to ask (pay money) the group that controls mp3's for a license. I can't think of the name of the group off the top of my head. You might look into Ogg-Vorbis if you want a free audio compression format.

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the problem arises if your application implements the mp3 encoding algorithm by fraunhofer. in this case fraunhofer (more accurately its licensing company mp3licensing owned by Thomson) require you to pay either a royality fee per unit sold or a one-time fee which is ridiculously high.
if you use third party mp3 compressors for your development needs i.e. to encode your audio content and only decompress the mp3 on the fly in your application there isn't any royality scheme involved.

http://www.mp3licensing.com

cheers,
simon

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