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

On Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 02:30:25PM -0500, Jeff Licquia wrote:
> That doesn't sound right to me.  (Though, really, what do I know?  All
> standard disclaimers apply.)
> I was under the impression that patents are use licenses, and are as
> such tied to the use you make of the objects covered by them.  You can
> make a car engine that infringes on a particular patent, for example,
> without a license; you just can't put it in your car and drive around. 
> If that particular configuration of metal just happens to be very good
> at distributing water to a row of plants in a garden, the patent holder
> is out of luck regarding my use of the engine as a watering can (unless
> s/he owns the patent on that use of the engine as well).
> If I'm right, then the source file cannot be held as violating a patent
> claim unless it's compiled and executed.

I believe Freetype still contains the Apple-patented hinting; it's disabled
in the source, with documentation that says "enable this only if you have a
license to use it".

However, that might be at the permission of Apple.  I don't know.

Glenn Maynard

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