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Old 07-26-2012, 06:43 AM
Luca Barbato
 
Default Fraunhofer FDK license

I'd add it, it is a gpl incompatible opensource license.

lu

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Luca Barbato
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Software License for The Fraunhofer FDK AAC Codec Library for Android

© Copyright 1995 - 2012 Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
All rights reserved.

1. INTRODUCTION
The Fraunhofer FDK AAC Codec Library for Android ("FDK AAC Codec") is software that implements
the MPEG Advanced Audio Coding ("AAC") encoding and decoding scheme for digital audio.
This FDK AAC Codec software is intended to be used on a wide variety of Android devices.

AAC's HE-AAC and HE-AAC v2 versions are regarded as today's most efficient general perceptual
audio codecs. AAC-ELD is considered the best-performing full-bandwidth communications codec by
independent studies and is widely deployed. AAC has been standardized by ISO and IEC as part
of the MPEG specifications.

Patent licenses for necessary patent claims for the FDK AAC Codec (including those of Fraunhofer)
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individually for the purpose of encoding or decoding bit streams in products that are compliant with
the ISO/IEC MPEG audio standards. Please note that most manufacturers of Android devices already license
these patent claims through Via Licensing or directly from the patent owners, and therefore FDK AAC Codec
software may already be covered under those patent licenses when it is used for those licensed purposes only.

Commercially-licensed AAC software libraries, including floating-point versions with enhanced sound quality,
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applications information and documentation.

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Old 07-26-2012, 07:48 AM
Ulrich Mueller
 
Default Fraunhofer FDK license

>>>>> On Thu, 26 Jul 2012, Luca Barbato wrote:

> I'd add it, it is a gpl incompatible opensource license.

No problem to add it. But IMHO the usage restriction in section 3
makes it non-free:

"You may use this FDK AAC Codec software or modifications thereto only
for purposes that are authorized by appropriate patent licenses."

Ulrich
 
Old 07-26-2012, 10:45 AM
"Andreas K. Huettel"
 
Default Fraunhofer FDK license

> >>>>> On Thu, 26 Jul 2012, Luca Barbato wrote:
> > I'd add it, it is a gpl incompatible opensource license.
>
> No problem to add it. But IMHO the usage restriction in section 3
> makes it non-free:
>
> "You may use this FDK AAC Codec software or modifications thereto only
> for purposes that are authorized by appropriate patent licenses."
>
> Ulrich

Indeed, and this opens another can of worms since (as far as I can see) there
are no specific license clauses in the AAC patent license for applications
that may be distributed without cost. I.e., licensing fees still apply as "per
unit fee".

http://www.vialicensing.com/licensing/aac-overview.aspx

Sometimes I have the feeling that Fraunhofer (which is after all funded 30% by
German federal and state money) just "does not get it".

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Andreas K. Huettel
Gentoo Linux developer
kde, sci, arm, tex, printing
 
Old 07-28-2012, 06:17 PM
Luca Barbato
 
Default Fraunhofer FDK license

On 07/26/2012 12:45 PM, Andreas K. Huettel wrote:
>>>>>>> On Thu, 26 Jul 2012, Luca Barbato wrote:
>>> I'd add it, it is a gpl incompatible opensource license.
>>
>> No problem to add it. But IMHO the usage restriction in section 3
>> makes it non-free:
>>
>> "You may use this FDK AAC Codec software or modifications thereto only
>> for purposes that are authorized by appropriate patent licenses."
>>
>> Ulrich
>
> Indeed, and this opens another can of worms since (as far as I can see) there
> are no specific license clauses in the AAC patent license for applications
> that may be distributed without cost. I.e., licensing fees still apply as "per
> unit fee".

Tell me where I should categorize it =)

lu

PS: help in improving libav aac encoder by leveraging atouv would be
always welcome.

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Luca Barbato
Gentoo/linux
http://dev.gentoo.org/~lu_zero
 
Old 07-28-2012, 07:10 PM
Ulrich Mueller
 
Default Fraunhofer FDK license

>>>>> On Sat, 28 Jul 2012, Luca Barbato wrote:

> On 07/26/2012 12:45 PM, Andreas K. Huettel wrote:
>> Indeed, and this opens another can of worms since (as far as I can see) there
>> are no specific license clauses in the AAC patent license for applications
>> that may be distributed without cost. I.e., licensing fees still apply as "per
>> unit fee".

> Tell me where I should categorize it =)

I believe that I can go to BINARY-REDISTRIBUTABLE. But please check if
the following rules apply here:

# - MAY require explicit inclusion of the license with
# the distribution [1]
# - IFF there is an explicit inclusion requirement, USE=bindist
# MUST cause a copy of the license to be installed in a file
# location compliant with the license,

Ulrich

[1] <http://archives.gentoo.org/gentoo-dev/msg_6c950b46c50fe72ebc5e650bbf70f77c.xml>
 

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