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

Chris Halls <halls@debian.org> wrote:
> 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].

You have to take it out of whatever Debian distributes.  I can
download the the .orig.tar.gz file, so it can't be in that.  Even if
the .diff.gz takes it out.

Walter Landry

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