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From: Rene Rivera (grafik.list_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-10-03 12:58:38

Jonathan Turkanis wrote:
> "Stefan Seefeld" <seefeld_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
>>what about taking the occasion and changing to the not-so-patent-ridden
>>png format ?
> I remember reading recently that the patent finally expired earlier this year.
> Does anyone know if that's correct?

The LZW patent in question expired in the US this Summer. But the patent
only applies to generation of GIFs, not reading. So it's only the one
person who created the GIF that would have needed a license. There are
still other countries out there that have the patent active though.

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