Please note that the Fraunhofer page is from May 2017. These sources suggest that the final patent expired in December 2017:

Fedora now added LAME and mpg123 support, since they consider the patents expired:

Fraunhofer terminated the mp3 licensing program in April 2017:

(German source) wikimedia now allows mp3 uploads:

On 2018-04-14 16:16, Khem Raj wrote:
On Sat, Apr 14, 2018 at 1:30 AM, Carlos Rafael Giani
<> wrote:
The lame and mpg123 can be built only if the commercial flag is whitelisted.

However, the remaining mp3 patents expired in December, and no more
royalties exist. This is why in GStreamer, the mpg123 and lame plugins were
moved from -ugly to -good.

So, can we drop the commercial flag in mpg123 and lame?

We probably need more clarification see

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