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From: rsiddharth
Subject: www/philosophy digital-inclusion-in-freedom.html
Date: Sat, 6 May 2017 00:53:56 -0400 (EDT)

CVSROOT:        /web/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     rsiddharth <rsd>        17/05/06 00:53:56

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        philosophy     : digital-inclusion-in-freedom.html 

Log message:
        [RT#1211204] Add MP3 patent expiration footnote.


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@@ -280,17 +280,17 @@
 decoded through reverse engineering.</p>
 <p>Most music distribution on the Internet uses the patented MP3
-format, and most video uses patented MPEG-4 formats such as DIVX and
-H.264.  VC-1 is also patented.<a name="tex2html53"
-href="#foot124"><sup>27</sup></a> Any software patent directly attacks
-every user's freedom to use her computer.  Use of patented data
-formats is comparable to mandating that people use officially approved
-scribes rather than do their own reading and writing.  Patents on MPEG
-formats have been used to attack and threaten developers and
-distributors of programs that can handle these formats, including
-free/libre programs.  Some distributors of the GNU/Linux system, for
-instance Red Hat, do not dare to include support for these
+format<a name="tex2html82" href="#foot137"><sup>42</sup></a>, and most
+video uses patented MPEG-4 formats such as DIVX and H.264.  VC-1 is
+also patented.<a name="tex2html53" href="#foot124"><sup>27</sup></a>
+Any software patent directly attacks every user's freedom to use her
+computer.  Use of patented data formats is comparable to mandating
+that people use officially approved scribes rather than do their own
+reading and writing.  Patents on MPEG formats have been used to attack
+and threaten developers and distributors of programs that can handle
+these formats, including free/libre programs.  Some distributors of
+the GNU/Linux system, for instance Red Hat, do not dare to include
+support for these programs.</p>
 <p>A restricted format is a trap; any and all use of the format has
 the effect of pushing computer users into the trap.  Inclusion in
@@ -992,6 +992,11 @@
+<dt id="foot137">&hellip; MP3<a
+ href="#tex2html82"><sup>42</sup></a></dt>
+<dd>As of 2017 the patents on playing MP3 files have
+reportedly expired.
 <p><i><b>This essay was first published in the ITU's
@@ -1054,7 +1059,7 @@
 <p class="unprintable">Updated:
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-$Date: 2017/03/05 20:55:43 $
+$Date: 2017/05/06 04:53:56 $
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