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Old 11-05-2004, 04:30 AM   #1
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linux and WMA license

Hello, I have an interesting question. I have recently came across Microsoft WEB page and found out, that you need to pay a license fee if you use WMA decoder ($0.10 per copy) or encoder ($0.20 per copy) on non Windows systems, thus Linux. Plus there are annual fees.
More info can be found at Microsoft's WEB.
So my question is, how is it with software, that decodes WMA under linux (MPlayer)? Is it legal for home use? Didn't find anything about it. I'm just wondering if Microsoft is now tolerating it, but in future will demand money from the developers. As is the problem with MP3's now-days.

Thanx for replies,

Old 11-05-2004, 08:05 AM   #2
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Maybe you should post the URL(s) to the relevant pages xkraj31

I don't know much about such things, but you can guarantee that theres someone here who does.



p.s. Oh and it wouldn't suprise me to see this thread moved, I suspect it'd be considered more of a "linux general" thing rather than software IMO
Old 11-10-2004, 09:23 AM   #3
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well the releavnt microsoft page is



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