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Sep 08, 1999, 10:44 (18 Talkback[s])
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"Are you ready for Burn All GIFs Day?

"The event, which so far isn't scheduled for an actual date, was started in anger over the discovery that Unisys is making a new effort to extract royalties out of US patent 4,558,302, commonly known as the LZW compression method."

"Of course, this means that GIFs are off-limits to open source users..."

"Unisys began pursuing its patent claims against companies whose graphics software was capable of writing GIF-format files. To let everyone know it was serious, Unisys in 1998 went after Corel and was able to get retroactive fees in an out-of-court settlement."

"Unisys now says that it wants a $5,000 license from anyone running a Web site that contains GIF files made by unlicensed creation software."

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