- outdated, no longer valid; see http://www.mp3licensing.com/ instead
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-AMM          Business Answers MPEG Layer-3 - Version 12.98           [Image]
-
-Technology           ... thank you for your interest in our MPEG
-                     Layer-3 audio compression technology. In this
-Services             document you will find answers to the most
-             [Image]
-                     frequently asked questions about licensing of
-Applications         MPEG Layer-3 technology and how to contact us.
-
-Partners
-             The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft  [TOP]
-
-Download
-                     The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is the leading
-Support              organization of applied research in Germany. It
-                     operates 47 research centers in Germany with
-Gallery              about 9,000 employees, about half of them
-                     scientists and engineers. The Fraunhofer
-Licensing            Gesellschaft expands to a worldwide
-[Image]              Organization, especially in USA and Asia. Home
-                     of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is Munich,
-                     Germany.
-
-                     One of the goals of the Fraunhofer policy is a
-                     rapid transfer of innovations into products.
-                     The total research expenditure is about US$ 700
-                     million.
-
-                     The Fraunhofer Institut Integrierte Schaltungen
-                     (Fraunhofer IIS), based in Erlangen, Germany,
-                     is one of the 47 research centers. Fraunhofer
-                     IIS is the leading international research lab
-                     in the field of high quality low bit rate audio
-                     coding.
-
-                     Fraunhofer IIS has been the main developer of
-                     the most advanced audio coding schemes, like
-                     MPEG Layer-3 and MPEG-2 AAC (Advanced Audio
-                     Coding). Fraunhofer IIS plays a major role in
-                     the ongoing work for the MPEG-4 Audio
-                     standardization process and contributes to many
-                     other standards bodies as well, like ITU-R
-                     TG10/4, ITU-R WP10C, AES and MPEG-IPMP.
-
-                     WWW: [Image]http://www.iis.fhg.de/audio/
-                                 http://www.iis.fhg.de/amm/
-
-             THOMSON multimedia  [TOP]
-
-
-                     The world´s fourth-largest consumer electronics
-                     group, THOMSON multimedia develops,
-                     manufactures and markets: televisions, VCRs,
-                     camcorders, audio and communication appliances,
-                     satellite decoders, DVD players, as well as
-                     color TV tubes and professional television
-                     equipment (studio equipment, TV cameras,
-                     mixers, etc.).
-
-                     With its pan-European brands - THOMSON,
-                     TELEFUNKEN and SABA - and its American brands -
-                     RCA, GE and ProScan - today the group is the
-                     leader in the United States, No. 2 in Europe
-                     and is strongly increasing its market presence
-                     in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
-
-                     WWW: [Image]http://www.thomson-multimedia.com/
-                                 http://www.rca-electronics.com/
-                                 http://www.nipper.com/
-
-             1. GENERAL  [TOP]
-
-
-                     Q. I am interested in source coding technology.
-                     What can you do for me?
-                     A. Licensing source code, developing real-time
-                     DSP code as well as DSP-based hardware, and
-                     developing codec libraries for desktop
-                     computers is part of the Fraunhofer IIS
-                     activities. The focus is on (mobile)
-                     high-quality low bit rate audiovisual
-                     communications (e.g. digital broadcasting
-                     systems or internet services).
-
-                     Q. Regarding MPEG Layer-3, do any patent rights
-                     exist?
-                     A. As for practically any important technology
-                     (and particularly for publicly established
-                     standards), you should know that patent rights
-                     for MPEG Layer-3 exist. Although others may
-                     also hold patents, THOMSON multimedia and
-                     Fraunhofer IIS have an important portfolio of
-                     patents related to MPEG Layer-3. To facilitate
-                     the market acceptance and penetration of
-                     products using MPEG Layer-3, THOMSON multimedia
-                     and Fraunhofer IIS decided to offer companies,
-                     that wish to distribute MPEG Layer-3 products,
-                     the possibility to obtain a license under the
-                     patents of both parties.
-
-                     Q. Who grants licenses under this combined
-                     portfolio to use MPEG Layer-3?
-                     A. We have split the licensing activities in
-                     two parts:
-
-                       1. THOMSON multimedia handles consumer
-                          applications, such as desktop software,
-                          broadcast systems, pay-audio services and
-                          codec ICs.
-
-                       2. Fraunhofer IIS handles professional
-                          applications, such as ISDN codecs based on
-                          DSP hardware, developed as part of a R&D
-                          project with Fraunhofer IIS.
-
-
-                     Q. So, whom should I contact?
-                     A. You may address your request to any of us,
-                     but the descriptions in the previous answer and
-                     the rest of this FAQ should give you some
-                     guidance. In order to speed up the process, we
-                     would appreciate to receive a description of
-                     your business model and your expected use of
-                     the technology. You will find the contact
-                     information at the end of this document.
-
-                     Q. I just want to buy a MPEG Layer-3 software
-                     and/or hardware product. What is available?
-                     A. Many companies already licensed our MPEG
-                     Layer-3 technology and offer those products.
-                     Please visit the Fraunhofer web site
-                     (http://www.iis.fhg.de/amm/) for more
-                     information.
-
-             2. PATENT AND KNOW-HOW LICENSING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
-             [TOP]
-
-                     Q. How much royalties or other fees do you
-                     charge?
-                     A. The rules of ISO/MPEG determine that
-                     licenses have to be granted on fair and
-                     reasonable terms. For identical applications,
-                     we add that the terms are non-discriminatory.
-                     The details depend on the application and the
-                     specific business model.
-
-                     Q. What kind of licensing models exist?
-                     A. To date, we have developed and granted
-                     license agreements for the following
-                     applications:
-
-                     THOMSON multimedia
-
-                             o Software decoders (see 2.1.)
-                             o Software encoders (see 2.2.)
-                             o Hardware codecs for consumer-type
-                               applications (see 2.3.)
-                             o Pay-audio systems (see 2.4.)
-                             o Broadcast systems (see 2.5.)
-
-                     Fraunhofer IIS
-
-                             o Professional applications (see 3.)
-                             o MPEG Layer-3 Source and Object Code
-                               (see 4.)
-
-                     CREDITS
-
-                          In all cases, we expect that MPEG Layer-3
-                          products reference the licensors, like:
-                          "MPEG Layer-3 audio compression technology
-                          licensed by Fraunhofer IIS and THOMSON
-                          multimedia".
-
-             2.1. SOFTWARE DECODERS  [TOP]
-
-
-                     2.1.1. Free MPEG Layer-3 Software
-                     Decoders/Players for Personal Use
-
-                     For the free distribution of decoders we do not
-                     charge a running royalty. At the Fraunhofer IIS
-                     web site (http://www.iis.fhg.de/amm/download/)
-                     you can find the players we have developed and
-                     which may be downloaded for free also.
-                     Fraunhofer IIS does not give any technical
-                     support for the free players. E-mails
-                     complaining about bugs in free software will
-                     not be answered!
-
-                     More in general, no license fee is expected for
-                     desktop software decoders/players that are
-                     distributed free-of-charge for personal use.
-
-                     2.1.2. Commercial MPEG Layer-3 Software
-                     Decoders/Players
-
-                     If MPEG Layer-3 software decoders/players are
-                     sold (shareware or commercial software), the
-                     royalty per decoder is US$ 1.00. We just remark
-                     that we have not asserted our patents against
-                     decoders of which less than 10,000 units have
-                     been sold.
-
-             2.2. MPEG LAYER-3 SOFTWARE ENCODERS  [TOP]
-
-
-                     While most of the distribution of MPEG Layer-3
-                     software decoders is free of charge, for all
-                     MPEG Layer-3 encoders a license is needed and
-                     royalties have to be paid.
-
-                     2.2.1. Software Encoders not developed by
-                     Fraunhofer IIS
-
-                     If you have developed your own software encoder
-                     or acquired a software encoder from another
-                     developer than Fraunhofer IIS to run MPEG
-                     Layer-3, you have to get a "patent-only"
-                     license from THOMSON multimedia; the following
-                     royalties apply:
-
-
-                         1 - 1,000 encoders [Image]   US$ 25.00 per
-                                                               unit
-
-                              1,001 - 2,000           US$ 20.00 per
-                                   encoders                    unit
-
-                              2,001 - 3,000           US$ 15.00 per
-                                   encoders                    unit
-
-                             3,001 - 10,000           US$ 10.00 per
-                                   encoders                    unit
-
-                           10,001 - 100,000            US$ 5.00 per
-                                   encoders                    unit
-
-                         > 100,000 encoders            US$ 2.50 per
-                                                               unit
-
-                     US$ 15,000 annual minimum, payable upon
-                     signature and each following year in January,
-                     fully creditable against annual sales.
-
-                     The royalty does not include any on-going
-                     support from Fraunhofer IIS. This agreement
-                     does NOT cover the right to sell MPEG Layer-3
-                     encoded data (e.g. in "pay-audio" and
-                     "broadcast" systems). These rights are covered
-                     by the licenses described under 2.4. and 2.5.
-
-                     2.2.2. "Professional" MPEG Layer-3 Software
-                     Encoder
-
-                     The "Professional" MPEG Layer-3 encoder,
-                     developed by Fraunhofer IIS, supports bitrates
-                     from 8 .. 256 kbps (sample rates 8 .. 48 kHz,
-                     mono/stereo). For distribution of the
-                     Professional MPEG Layer-3 encoder you have to
-                     get a "patent and know-how (professional)"
-                     license from THOMSON multimedia (covering the
-                     use of all relevant patents as well as
-                     know-how); the following royalties apply:
-
-
-                         1 - 1,000 encoders [Image]   US$ 50.00 per
-                                                               unit
-
-                              1,001 - 2,000           US$ 40.00 per
-                                   encoders                    unit
-
-                              2,001 - 3,000           US$ 30.00 per
-                                   encoders                    unit
-
-                             3,001 - 10,000           US$ 20.00 per
-                                   encoders                    unit
-
-                           10,001 - 100,000           US$ 10.00 per
-                                   encoders                    unit
-
-                         > 100,000 encoders            US$ 5.00 per
-                                                               unit
-
-                     US$ 15,000 annual minimum, payable upon
-                     signature and each following year in January,
-                     fully creditable against annual sales.
-
-                     The royalty does not include any on-going
-                     support from Fraunhofer IIS.
-
-                     This agreement does NOT cover the right to sell
-                     MPEG Layer-3 encoded data (e.g. in "pay-audio"
-                     and "broadcast" systems). These rights are
-                     covered by the licenses described under 2.4.
-                     and 2.5.
-
-                     2.2.3. "Advanced Plus" MPEG Layer-3 Software
-                     Encoder
-
-                     For applications which do not need an encoder
-                     with full MPEG Layer-3 capacity, we believe
-                     that the "Advanced Plus" MPEG Layer-3 encoder
-                     meets the needs of most customers for personal
-                     use. The "Advanced Plus" MPEG Layer-3 encoder
-                     is developed by Fraunhofer IIS and supports
-                     bitrates up to 56 kbps (sample rates 8 - 24
-                     kHz, mono/stereo), with the additional
-                     capability to encode 128 kbps stereo at 44.1
-                     kHz. For distribution a "patent and know-how
-                     (advanced plus)" license from THOMSON
-                     multimedia is needed (covering the use of all
-                     relevant patents as well as know-how); the
-                     following royalties apply:
-
-
-                           1 - 10,000 encoders        US$ 12.00 per
-                                                               unit
-
-                              10,001 - 100,000
-                                      encoders    US$ 8.00 per unit
-
-                            > 100,000 encoders    US$ 4.00 per unit
-
-                     US$ 15,000 annual minimum, payable upon
-                     signature and each following year in January,
-                     fully creditable against annual sales.
-
-                     The royalty does not include any on-going
-                     support from Fraunhofer IIS.
-
-                     This agreement does NOT cover the right to sell
-                     MPEG Layer-3 encoded data (e.g. in "pay-audio"
-                     and "broadcast" systems). These rights are
-                     covered by the licenses described under 2.4.
-                     and 2.5.
-
-                     2.2.4. "Advanced" MPEG Layer-3 Software Encoder
-
-                     The "Advanced" MPEG Layer-3 software encoder is
-                     developed by Fraunhofer IIS and supports
-                     bitrates up to 56 kbps (sample rates 8 .. 24
-                     kHz, mono/stereo). Please contact Fraunhofer
-                     IIS for licensing details.
-
-             2.3. HARDWARE CODECS FOR CONSUMER-TYPE APPLICATIONS
-             [TOP]
-
-                     If you have developed an MPEG Layer-3 hardware
-                     decoder (DSP or ICs), you have two licensing
-                     possibilities:
-
-                        * Integrating a licensed IC (e.g. from
-                          Micronas Intermetall), in which case the
-                          license fee is paid for by the IC
-                          supplier; or
-
-                        * In all other cases the royalty per decoder
-                          is US$ 1.25.
-
-                     If you also integrate an encoder into your
-                     hardware device, the royalty is US$ 2.50 per
-                     unit.
-
-             2.4. PAY-AUDIO SYSTEMS  [TOP]
-
-
-                     The licenses mentioned under section 2.2 (MPEG
-                     Layer-3 software encoders) exclude reselling of
-                     MPEG Layer-3 encoded data. To use MPEG Layer-3
-                     in a music-on-demand system, where MPEG Layer-3
-                     encoded data is sold to end-users, you have to
-                     get a "pay-audio" license from THOMSON
-                     multimedia; the following terms apply:
-
-                        * 1.0 % of the price to the listener
-                          (minimum US$ 0.01 per download).
-
-                        * Reporting is to be based on the system as
-                          used by the copyright organizations.
-
-                        * US$ 15,000 annual minimum, payable upon
-                          signature and each following year in
-                          January, fully creditable against annual
-                          sales.
-
-                     We do not charge a royalty for free
-                     distribution of MPEG Layer-3 encoded data (e.g.
-                     if parts of songs are distributed to promote
-                     mail-order CD-sales).
-
-             2.5. BROADCAST SYSTEMS  [TOP]
-
-
-                     The licenses mentioned under section 2.2 (MPEG
-                     Layer-3 software encoders) exclude
-                     broadcasting. To use MPEG Layer-3 in a
-                     broadcasting system (such as Internet Radio),
-                     you have to get a "broadcast" license from
-                     THOMSON multimedia; the following terms apply:
-
-                        * Fees charged for broadcasting are based on
-                          the gross broadcast income (including
-                          advertising and subscription).
-
-                        * Gross broadcast income less than US$
-                          250,000 per year, an annual fee of US$
-                          2,500; or
-
-                        * Gross broadcast income greater than US$
-                          250,000 per year, a royalty of 1 % of
-                          gross broadcast income.
-
-             3. MPEG LAYER-3 APPLICATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL USE
-             [TOP]
-
-                     MPEG Layer-3 applications for professional use
-                     are licensed by Fraunhofer IIS.
-
-                        * Decoder: US$ 6.25 per unit
-                        * Encoder: US$ 25.00 per unit
-
-             4. MPEG LAYER-3 SOURCE AND OBJECT CODE LICENSED BY
-             FRAUNHOFER IIS  [TOP]
-
-                     Source and Object Code for MPEG Layer-3 encoder
-                     and decoder are licensed by Fraunhofer IIS.
-
-             4.1. SOURCE CODE FOR GENERAL PURPOSE CPU´s (PC´s)
-             [TOP]
-
-                     The following license fees apply for source
-                     code for General Purpose CPUs (e.g. running
-                     under Windows, MacOS and UNIX):
-
-                        * US$ 30,000 for the decoder source code;
-                          and
-                        * US$ 60,000 for the encoder source code.
-
-                     Please note that you still need a license for
-                     products created with the source code (see
-                     above).
-
-             4.2. DSP SOURCE AND OBJECT CODE  [TOP]
-
-
-                     DSP code for efficient real-time
-                     implementations of MPEG Layer-3 is licensed on
-                     a non-exclusive basis. Typically, we offer a
-                     "ready-to-run" implementation, using
-                     standard-I/O routines, on one SINGLE target
-                     hardware platform, defined cooperatively
-                     between our customer and Fraunhofer IIS.
-
-                     The following platforms are supported for MPEG
-                     Layer-3:
-
-                        * DSP563xx (Motorola)
-                        * TMS320C67 (Texas Instruments)
-                        * ADSP21x6x (Analog Devices)
-                        * TM-1100 (Philips)
-
-                     Fraunhofer IIS can offer DSP code for any of
-                     these devices, but our favorite is the DSP563xx
-                     family from Motorola. For a stereo encoder up
-                     to 48 kHz sampling rate, you need at least one
-                     DSP56303 plus 192 K * 24 bit external RAM, and
-                     for a stereo decoder, you need one DSP56303
-                     plus 64 K * 24 bit external RAM, or one
-                     DSP56309 without any external RAM at all.
-
-                     Please note that you may further reduce the
-                     necessary processing power by limiting the
-                     operation to mono (half power) and/or to lower
-                     sampling rates (e.g. half sample rates mean
-                     half power again).
-
-                     Due to several special encoding options, please
-                     contact Fraunhofer IIS for licensing details.
-
-             CONTACT INFORMATION  [TOP]
-
-
-                     THOMSON multimedia
-
-                          Mr. Henri Linde
-                          Manager, Licensing & Intellectual
-                          Property
-                          lindeh@thmulti.com
-                          46, Quai Alphonse Le Gallo
-                          F-82100 Boulogne Billancourt
-                          France
-                          voice: +33 1 41 86 52 87
-                          fax: +33 1 41 86 0921 or +33 1 41 86
-                          5638
-
-
-                     Fraunhofer IIS
-
-                          Mr. Niels Rump
-                          Manager, Business Relations
-                          layer3@iis.fhg.de
-                          Am Weichselgarten 3
-                          D-91058 ERLANGEN
-                          Germany
-                          voice: +49 9131 776 611
-                          fax: +49 9131 776 399
-
-
-             ROYALTY SUMMARY  [TOP]
-
-
-                     SOFTWARE CODECS
-
-                        * Decoders: Freeware OK; US$ 1.00 per unit,
-                          if sold.
-
-                        * Encoders:
-
-                             o Not developed by Fraunhofer IIS
-                               A sliding scale starting at US$ 25.00
-                               per encoder, decreasing to US$ 2.50
-                               per encoder for more than 100,000
-                               units per year.
-
-                             o The Fraunhofer IIS encoders
-
-                                  + Professional encoders
-                                    A sliding scale starting at US$
-                                    50.00 per encoder, decreasing to
-                                    US$ 5.00 per encoder for more
-                                    than 100,000 units per year.
-
-                                  + Advanced Plus encoders
-                                    A sliding scale starting at US$
-                                    12.00 per encoder, decreasing to
-                                    US$ 4.00 per encoder for more
-                                    than 100,000 units per year.
-
-                     HARDWARE CODECS
-
-                        * Decoders: US$ 1.25 per unit (or paid for
-                          by the IC manufacturer)
-
-                        * Encoders: US$ 2.50 per unit having a
-                          encoder or full codec
-
-                     MUSIC DISTRIBUTION
-
-                        * For pay-audio, music-on-demand,
-                          internet-radio and other types of selling
-                          mp3 files, the royalty is 1% of the
-                          revenue (minimum US$ 0.01 per download).
-
-                     MINIMUM ROYALTIES
-
-                        * All agreements with running royalties have
-                          an annual minimum of US$ 15,000,
-                          creditable against annual royalties.
-
-                                          [TOP]
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