Reply to post: Re: "... some key MP3 patents have been allowed to expire ..."

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

Andrew Orlowski (Written by Reg staff)

Re: "... some key MP3 patents have been allowed to expire ..."

MP3 isn't now "patent-free".

MP3 IP always had two parents: Thomson/Frauenhofer, and AT&T. Frauenhofer allowed its patents to lapse and mothballed the licensing program last month. Microsoft discovered the hard way a few years ago that Alcatel had a ton too. A few are still enforceable.

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