I think they were always a free-for-all
Posted by Peter Truong on 5/16/2017, 3:23 pm, in reply to "AKA the patents have expired so mp3s are a free-for-all now"
LAME is free software. I don't think the MP3 was patented in the ways other things are; if it had been then some company or person would have charged for it and cracked down on other front-ends and encoders.
I could be wrong.
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