GIFs in the tcm binary package

Brian Dessent
Mon Sep 29 13:09:00 GMT 2003

Chris January wrote:
> Where does this patent apply? The relevant patent expired in the US and
> software patents are not (yet) valid in member countries in the EU.

It's still valid in Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan. 
According to their site, at least.

I don't think you are infringing if you simply distribute GIFs.  It's
software that uses the LZW algorithm that is covered, i.e. stuff that
creates (and presumably decodes) the format.


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