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Re: Bug#220464: gimp: LZW patent is still valid in Europe and Japan

On Thu, Nov 13, 2003 at 02:38:02AM -0800, Ben Reser wrote:
> As a result, it is not necessary to remove the source code from the tar
> ball.  But rather simply to ensure it is not compiled and used in the
> resulting binary.  A simple conditional compilation flag (e.g. #ifndef
> NOLZW) would be sufficient to avoid the patent issue.

I don't know about others, but my notion of "software freedom" does
include the freedom to compile and use source code.

G. Branden Robinson                |     Suffer before God and ye shall be
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     redeemed.  God loves us, so He
branden@debian.org                 |     makes us suffer Christianity.
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