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#1 sandaz93

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 02:49 PM

Hello,
I have been a Windows user for my whole life. Now, due to curiosity, I am switching over to Ubuntu. I have loved everything on Ubuntu so far except for one thing. I am unable to play MP3s. When doing so, I get this message:

Legal Notice Patent and copyright laws operate differently depending on which country you are in. Please obtain legal advice if you are unsure whether a particular patent or restriction applies to a media format you wish to use in your country.

Is installing those codecs and playing MP3s on Ubuntu legal?

Thank you very much and I appreciate your response.

P.S. If I pay for Fluendo, then does playing MP3s/DVDs become completely legal (no gray zone). I am referring to the Fluendo software on sale at the Fluendo website, since it has more codecs.

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 03:15 PM

Hi Sandaz93,

I'm new to the Linux/Ubuntu system, so I am unable to answer your question, just wished to say hello and welcome you to the forum.

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#3 sandaz93

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 03:43 PM

Thank You. I appreciate it.

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 04:40 PM

Hi Sandaz.....

If you go to this page, it will explain how to enable media playback and various other useful stuff.
It's nice to be important, it's much more important to be nice.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 03:22 PM

Hi mrfingerz,
I know how to install these codecs, my question is are they legal?

For example, is the MP3 decoder on Fluendo legal? If I buy the full codec pack of there website, is everything legal?

http://www.fluendo.com/shop/product/fluendo-mp3-decoder/ (legal?)

http://www.fluendo.com/shop/product/complete-set-of-playback-plugins/ (legal?)

Edited by sandaz93, 05 July 2011 - 03:23 PM.


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Posted 05 July 2011 - 05:02 PM

I suppose the only way to get a definitive answer to that question would be to contact Fluendo, stating your country of residence.

There are threads from Ubuntu Forums which may be of help to you, below.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=500018

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=532718
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Posted 26 July 2011 - 12:27 PM

I don't know what country you are in, but in most countries it is legal to download the codecs, but the company is not allowed to ship them with the first install. Pretty much everything you will do on Ubuntu will likely be more legal than lots of things you are bound to have done under Windows. So enjoy the new freedom!




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