Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 21:12:55 +0200
From: Andreas Barth (email@example.com)
Subject: Re: Patents, gimp-nonfree and LAME
* Jose M. Fdez (firstname.lastname@example.org) [030822 21:05]:
> Patent on LZW algorithm expired so the support for GIF and TIFF
> images is now back in the main Gimp package.
I hope this is not true, otherwise it would be a RC-bug.
According to http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/gif.html
the Unisys patent
| does not expire in most of Europe until 18 June 2004, in Japan until
| 20 June 2004 and in Canada until 7 July 2004.
(It is expired in the US.)
(That is the cause why ppmtogif will stay in netpbm-nonfree until 7 July 2004, so it's not in netpbm-free at sarge release.)
- netpbm maintainer -
(RM adds: The last patent believed relevant to LZW compression was one IBM held in the USA. It expired in August 2006.