MP3 Patent Expiry, Adding LAME to Distro

Just wanted to flag that as of today Fraunhoffer has acknowledged the expiry of their MP3 patent portfolio and the termination of their commercial licensing program ( ). As such there’s no longer any legal hurdle to LAME (or any other MP3-based technology) being included in a project or product.

I don’t think I’m alone that LAME is often the only additional package I need to manually add after a clean install, hopefully there’s enough others in the same boat to get it included in the distro going forward (or at least added to the official repos).


Yes. This is already in the sangoma 7 distro. It will not be going into the 6.6 distro.

That’s great news Andrew, thanks!