[asterisk-users] G729 Licensing Revisited - I'm Sorry!

Paul Belanger paul.belanger at polybeacon.com
Fri Feb 28 12:59:18 CST 2014

On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 10:55 PM, Darryl Moore <darryl at moores.ca> wrote:
> On Feb 27, 2014 10:02 PM, "Paul Belanger" <paul.belanger at polybeacon.com>
> wrote:
>> >
>> No such thing as 'free open source g729 license', if you actually read the
>> site:
> There is regarding the copyright on the code. The fact it is also patent
> encumbered is a different issue.
>> DISCLAIMER: You might have to pay royalty fees to the G.729/723.1
>> patent holders for using their algorithm.
>> So, basically you are illegal using them if you didn't pay for them.
> Not true. He said it was a lab setup. It is totally legit to use patented
> processes in an evaluation/lab environment.
Correct, I didn't mention this, since I was assuming OP was talking
about getting it into production.  Should have been more clear.

>> > 3) Is there a performance/stability/security gain when using the
>> > commercial vs. open source version or vice versa.
>> >
>> See above about about open source license.
> Your comment about open source is irrelevant to performance, stability, and
> security. WRT these criteria, I would be surprised if there is much of a
> difference. The free software isn't locked to a mother board, so that might
> count towards performance by some measures.
> Now having said that. I agree once you leave the lab environment and decide
> you need g.729, you will unfortunatly need a licence to keep using it.
> The real question is: is there really any choice other than Digium for the
> licence? Due to the dual licensing of the asterisk code, even if you could
> license the codec elsewhere, you might be violating Digium's OSS license
> when you don't but their commercial asterisk license.
> Cheers,
> Darryl
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