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Re: The end of GIF format [was : Dangerous precedent being set - possible serious violation of the GPL ]

On Fri, 3 Dec 1999, Raul Miller wrote:
> > By the time woody is released, it's likely the gif patent will have
> > expired.

On Fri, Dec 03, 1999 at 03:34:58PM +0100, Nils Jeppe wrote:
> Patents are good for 17 years or so. When was lzw patented? And when was
> it patented in countries other than the US? Remember, Debian is global.

The law's been changed, 20 years.  Which means that it lasts until
June 19, 2003.

Oh well.


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