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VNU Net: Patents hinder open source progress

Apr 20, 2001, 22:10 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sarah Arnott)


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VNU Net previews the upcoming summit initiated by HP's Bruce Perens, who argues that large corporations -- like the one he works for -- should donate important patents to the open source community. Writes Sarah Arnott:

"The growth of open source products has been restricted because programmers can't use some key technologies without expensive licences. Open source browsers, for instance, can't display GIF images because the algorithm used for the format is patented by Unisys."

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