Two companies (Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson Consumer Electronics)
have been granted patents on mp3 encoding in some countries. They
demand expensive royalties for every distributed mp3 encoder,
no matter if it is distributed for free or as a commercial package.
Their claims are in many cases questionable since the legislation
in many countries (including the whole of Europe) clearly states
that (1) patents only covers commercial use of the patented technology
and (2) software-only implementations are exempt from patents.
Therefore we have to warn you that if you live in one of the following
countries it might be illegal for you to download and/or use BladeEnc:
Australia, Austria, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France,
Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy,
Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Russia,
Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, USA. The
following countries have granted patents for the use of mp3 technology
in transmission of audio, still making it legal to use BladeEnc
for personal uses, but probably illegal to use for netcasting:
Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey
Please also note that this is the situation at the time of writing.
Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson Consumer Electronics have actively
been trying to extend their patents to new territories and they
have great help from the US Government who is lobbying heavily
to get all other countries to accept software patents as well
(they call it "harmonizing" the patent legislation
between different countries, when it in fact is an attempt to
force their own stupid ideas onto everyone else since they figure
it's good for their multinational companies. The rest of the world
was already in harmony in NOT accepting software patents before
they started their campaign, now Japan has followed suit and the
European Union is being heavily approached).
It's very likely that the situation will change to the worse
in the future and we therefore recommend everyone to fight against
further adoption of software patents! Read this
article to get information on why software patents is a bad
idea and go to http://www.freepatents.org/
to help fight against software patents.
>> The file is a .zip compressed archives, and therefor
need a decompression program like WinZip.
Double-click the file
you've downloaded to open the archive containg the BladeEnc files
then choose Extract (unzip)
. In the window that appears, choose the directory (folder)
DelMp3Kok, default path C:\Program Files\DelMp3Kok
in witch you want these files to be, and select Extract
The archive utility for Windows :
available here >>>