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?