Comment 4 for bug 374900

markhaven (markbhaven-yo) wrote :

This is complete and utter nonesense. The referred code needs to be re-instigated immediately. If the alleged IP owners ask for it to be removed then it should be.. otherwise, why is it being pre-emptively censored and on who's authority?

Even if patent/copyright exists - there are hundreds of implementations of this particular code in numerous open source applications. The supposed owners have made no recorded attempt to restrict use of AAC and other codecs for the last 12 years. In addition, the MP3 and AAC codecs pre-date the statement by a considerable time. All very mysterious....

Anyone can claim they own the copyright to some code - have they provided proof which has been independently validated?

Either way, this appears an obvious attempt to cripple ubuntu and devalue Linux as a tool for media transcoding... An investigation of who is behind these claims would be interesting...