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Re: Unisys patent
I posted a reply to this earlier but it's just not my day for "doing things
right". I shouldn't publicise my bad language skills, should I?! :-)
Please don't do this. From tomorrow the Unisys LZW patent will be defunct in
the US, and again a day later in Canada. That still leaves serveral countries
in Europe and Japan who have to wait a year (18/20 June 2004 IIRC) before
being able to use it.
Putting this or any other LZW-aware software on the Cygwin mirror system is a
seriously bad idea. We have mirror's in most if not all of the above
countries and if they distribute LZW-aware software they're in violation of
their countries patent laws. Same for Joe Hacker who downloads it, too.
On Fri, 20 Jun 2003, Ronald Landheer-Cieslak wrote:
> On Fri, 20 Jun 2003, Gareth Pearce wrote:
> > erm - not to rain on this ... but is it a good idea if the patent has
> > only expired in america?
> >From http://www.unisys.com/about__unisys/lzw:
> The U.S. LZW patent expires June 20, 2003, the counterpart Canadian patent
> expires July 7, 2004, the counterpart patents in the United Kingdom,
> France, Germany and Italy expire June 18, 2004, and the Japanese
> counterpart patents expire June 20, 2004.
> Let's wait at least until June 21, 2004, OK?
> Personally, I (currently) live in France, which would mean that if an
> LZW-enabled libtiff is distributed by Cygwin, I'll probably be breaking
> the law for at least a year.. (unless I move to the US, which I don't
> intend to do just so I can use libtiff legaly)
> Sorry, but I don't think this is a good idea..
> > Gareth
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Christopher Faylor" <email@example.com>
> > To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Sent: Friday, June 20, 2003 3:45 PM
> > Subject: Re: Unisys patent
> > > On Fri, Jun 20, 2003 at 01:38:28AM -0400, Charles Wilson wrote:
> > > >Expires today.
> > >
> > > Woo hoo!
> > >
> > > >Shall I respin libtiff to include LZW support, and distribute the new
> > > >LZW-capable libtiff via the cygwin mirror system?
> > >
> > > Sure.
> > >
> > > cgf
> > >
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