Orange City, FL (PRWEB) June 22, 2005
In a devastating report published today by U.S. Attorney at Law Gina Gaudio-Graves and former NASA/Kennedy Space Center Engineer Joe e. Clayton Jr., it was revealed that while researching the applications of MP3, they discovered that the MP3 Audio Patent is not free to use for commercial purposes.
Even more disturbing is the discovery that MP3 Patent owners Fraunhofer/Thomson have already begun the process of pursuing alleged patent license violators for fines and penalties and even possible prosecution. See http://www.mp3isnotfree.com
"It's not just about music anymore," stated Gaudio-Graves. "The products in question are such things as interviews of business experts, tutorials, talking ebooks, teleseminar recordings, live streaming audio messages, audio postcards - and lots more besides."
"The possible claims for fines, penalties, license fees and royalties currently due to Thomson from violators using MP3 commercially without a license total hundreds of millions of dollars," she stated, "and we believe that law suits have already started."
She also believes that one Internet marketer has already settled out of court for several million dollars for giving away audio CDs for free in return for subscribing to his mailing list.
Even after all the noisy publicity over the Napster saga, when even children were sued for using illegally downloaded unlicensed MP3 music, it appears that Internet marketers have been totally unaware that they have to pay an annual license fee plus royalties on all MP3 products they create, publish, distribute, resell or even recommend on a commission basis.
"We have been speaking to Fraunhofer/Thomson's legal counsel for some time, and there is no doubt they are absolutely deadly serious about this," Gaudio-Graves added. "Why else have they recently recruited a large number of lawyers and legal aides?"
Joint report author and former NASA/Kennedy Space Center Engineer Joe e. Clayton Jr. warned, "The Internet marketing community is about to be shaken to its roots, because thousands of existing audio products are not licensed. And if you don't have a license you are in violation - period!"
"Fortunately there is now inexpensive software that is licensed, which will quickly convert and re-package those 'offending' files into a suitable licence-free format" he added. "But the Internet community must act very quickly to help reduce their chances of being hit."
More surprising revelations and free downloadable Report at http://www.mp3isnotfree.com
Joe e. Clayton; 386 801 0097
Gina Gaudio-Graves; 219 448 1089
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