The Null Device

While the recording industry goliaths struggle to replace MP3 with copyright-enforcing audio formats that maintain their control over music distribution, the Fraunhofer Institute, who own the MP3 patents, may be helping them, by demanding payment for all MP3 players and downloads. There is an open-source alternative, Vorbis, but without the momentum of MP3, it should be easier to persuade a judge that it is a "circumvention mechanism", and thus against new digital copyright laws. Then again, marijuana is also illegal, and nobody smokes that, right?

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