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LZW patented file left in .orig.tar source package?

Hi debian-legal,

Can someone say whether I may leave a file that implements a patented
algorithm (LZW compression for GIFs) in the source tarball for
OpenOffice.org?  The file is not built or distributed - I have patched the
build to use a dummy version of the class that does nothing [1].


----- Forwarded message from Sander Vesik <Sander.Vesik@Sun.COM> -----

Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 18:30:48 +0100 (BST)
From: Sander Vesik <Sander.Vesik@Sun.COM>
Subject: Re: [dev] packaging integration
To: Dev Office <dev@openoffice.org>

On Wed, 16 Oct 2002, Chris Halls wrote:
> Yup, people like me also have to remove the patented file when
> redistributing the source, BTW.

Why remove the source? you arn't infringing on anything (AFAIK) if you
just include the source that is then not used?
----- End forwarded message -----

[1] http://cvs.debian.org/oo-deb/debian/patches/905_remove_lzwc.diff?rev=HEAD&cvsroot=debian-openoffice&content-type=text/vnd.viewcvs-markup

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