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Inprise Developer News: Burn all GIFs?

Nov 06, 1999, 21:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Constance Petersen)

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"Unisys might want five kilo-bucks from you. If the program you used to create GIFs for your Web site employs an unlicensed copy of the Lempel-Ziv-Welch compression algorithm, then Unisys says you are guilty of "contributory infringement" on its patent for the algorithm. Think of it as being an accessory after the crime."

"Developer News spoke to Oliver Picher, spokesman for Unisys. Picher is in charge of fielding questions about the LZW patent..."

"... if you create or distribute software that uses LZW compression technology in any way, you must deal with the ramifications of the Unisys patent. As a recipient, user, or distributor of hardware or software products containing LZW compression capability, Unisys cautions you to make sure that you are lawfully acquiring and distributing licensed LZW software."

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