Please read this before
BladeEnc is distributed as free software under the
GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), granting you the right to use, modify
and redistribute the program under the very liberal terms of the LGPL. Source
code is available under the same terms from http://bladeenc.mp3.no/.
Unfortunately, two companies (Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson
Consumer Electronics) have in some countries been granted patents on mp3
encoding. They demand expensive royalties for every distributed mp3 encoder, no
matter if it is distributed for free or as a commercial package. Their claims
are in many cases questionable since the legislation in many countries
(including the whole of Europe) clearly states that (1) patents only covers
commercial use of the patented technology and (2) software-only implementations
are excempt from patents. But since BladeEnc is a sparetime hobby project
produced by a handful of enthusiasts, we can't afford to have our case tested in
court, but have to obey by their rules.
Therefore we have to warn you that if you live in one of the
following countries it might be illegal for you to download and/or use
Australia, Austria, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France,
Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan,
Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, The Neatherlands, USA
The following countries have
granted patents for the use of MP3 technology in transmission of audio, still
making it legal to use BladeEnc for personal uses, but probably illegal to
use for netcasting:
Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand,
Please also note that this is the situation at the time of
writing. Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson Consumer Electronics have actively been
trying to extend their patents to new territories and they have great help from
the US Government who is lobbying heavily to get all other countries to accept
software patents as well (they call it "harmonizing" the patent legislation
between different countries, when it in fact is an attempt to force their own
stupid ideas onto everyone else since they figure it's good for their
multinational companies. The rest of the world was allready in harmony in NOT
accepting software patents before they started their campaign, now Japan has
followed suit and the European Union is being heavily approached).
It's very likely that the situation will change to the worse in
the future and we therefore recommend everyone to fight against further adoption
of software patents! Read this article to
get information on why software patents is a bad idea and go to http://www.freepatents.org/ to help fight
against software patents.
stable version: 0.94.1
Latest unstable (development)
This version is intended for testers (and you can be tester,
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If you can (and want
to) compile and send me binary (binaries) for other Operating System(s) please
send it (them).
But be sure that
they are working and are optimized. For more information read this.
Source code can be obtained here.
If anybody feels that he/she should be named here,
send to [email protected].
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