Why is lame considered non-free?

Asked by schmittchen.de on 2009-07-14

I just ran into stupid problems when I tried to rip a cd with rhythmbox because lame is not included in the default installation. And that is because it is in the multiverse repository. How come? A quick check revealed that they use the LGPL license.

Thanks in advance,
Christian

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Its patented you have to pay to use it. The software to use it my be LGPL but the technology is non-free so use is restricted. Fluendo do offer the MP3 codec for free to anyone though.

Hope that helps
Shane

Have a look here too.
FAQ #3: “Restricted Formats”.

Thanks shane fagan, that solved my question.

Hello Shane,

thanks for the very quick reply! I think I'll file a bug for rhythmbox for
not letting me known why the activated mp3 encoding profile would not be
selectable.

Best regards,
Christian

2009/7/14 shane fagan <email address hidden>

> Your question #76985 on lame in ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/lame/+question/76985
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> Related FAQ set to:
> Restricted Formats
> https://answers.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+faq/3
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> shane fagan proposed the following answer:
> Have a look here too.
> FAQ #3: “Restricted Formats”.
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