The Fedora distribution has long avoided providing full support for encoding mp3 audio files due to licensing restrictions on the mp3 format. However, the patents on the mp3 format have expired and the Fedora distribution will soon be able to ship with support for both playing and creating mp3 files. Up until now mp3 encoding support has been provided by third-party software repositories. Fedora Magazine explains: "A couple of weeks ago IIS Fraunhofer and Technicolor terminated their licensing program and just a few days ago Red Hat Legal provided the permission to ship MP3 encoding in Fedora. There will be a bit of time whilst package reviews are carried out and tools that are safe to add are identified, as only MP3 is cleared and not other MPEG technologies. However, it will soon be possible to convert physical media or other formats to MP3 in Fedora without 3rd party repositories."