Codecs MP3, AVI, MPEG etc.
I'm a new user to Trisquel and *Free Software* as defined on fsf.org.
As far as I know MP3 and many other popular video and audio formats are considered non-free (at least I thought they were).
Thanks to OggConvert and other similar programs I can easily convert my files to free software. But doesn't the act of doing that enter a grey area?
Could clarify why I can play mp3s at all out of the box in Trisquel.
Thanks in advance.
The decoders are free software but they are patent encumbered (i.e. you need a patent license to playback the file in some parts of the world).
I've been converting my files to Ogg Vorbis audio and video formats anyway which removes any need for silly licenses.
that was exactly what I was looking for.
Since I am in the United States, does that mean I can't "legally" use Trisquel, because I haven't paid for a WMV, MPEG2, etc. license? Maybe Trisquel could ship without those codecs, so Americans can use it without being copyright infringing pirates :)
If you really want to know ask a lawyer.
I just use VLC, but doesn't that use different codecs than Totem which is Gstreamer?