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

On Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 09:58:50AM -0700, Walter Landry wrote:
> 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.

Hmm, but why?  You're explicitly allowed to describe how a patented
algorithm works, that's the whole point of patents.  And source code
is just a detailed description of how the algorithm works.

Are you talking about distributability or about freeness?

Richard Braakman

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