Frequently Asked Questions

End Users FAQ

1) Do you license mp3 software to end users?
2) Where can I read more about mp3 ?
3) Where do I get mp3 software?
4) Do I need a license to stream mp3 encoded content over the Internet?
5) Do I need a license to distribute mp3 encoded content?


1) Do you license mp3 software to end users?

No. We license mp3 software and patents to developers and manufacturers of software applications and hardware devices.


2) Where can I read more about mp3 ?

Check out our section about mp3 .


3) Where do I get mp3 software?

Many software companies have a license for mp3 software applications from us (See list of Licensed Companies). Please contact them directly for their mp3 products or visit their web site.


4) Do I need a license to stream mp3 encoded content over the Internet?

Yes. A license is needed for commercial (i.e., revenue-generating) use of mp3 in broadcast systems (terrestrial, satellite, cable and/or other distribution channels), streaming applications (via Internet, intranets and/or other networks), other content distribution systems (pay-audio or audio-on-demand applications and the like) or for use of mp3 on physical media (compact discs, digital versatile discs, semiconductor chips, hard drives, memory cards and the like).

However, no license is needed for private, non-commercial activities (e.g., home-entertainment, receiving broadcasts and creating a personal music library), not generating revenue or other consideration of any kind or for entities with associated annual gross revenue less than US$ 100 000.00.

Links:

Royalty Rates - Electronic Music Distribution


5) Do I need a license to distribute mp3 encoded content?

Yes. A license is needed for commercial (i.e., revenue-generating) use of mp3 in broadcast systems (terrestrial, satellite, cable and/or other distribution channels), streaming applications (via Internet, intranets and/or other networks), other content distribution systems (pay-audio or audio-on-demand applications and the like) or for use of mp3 on physical media (compact discs, digital versatile discs, semiconductor chips, hard drives, memory cards and the like).

However, no license is needed for private, non-commercial activities (e.g., home-entertainment, receiving broadcasts and creating a personal music library), not generating revenue or other consideration of any kind or for entities with associated annual gross revenue less than US$ 100 000.00.

Links:

Royalty Rates - Electronic Music Distribution



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