GIFs in the tcm binary package

Chris January
Mon Sep 29 17:11:00 GMT 2003

> > 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.
> Brian

But software patents aren't legal in the UK. Sigh


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