Re: The end of GIF format [was : Dangerous precedent being set - possible serious violation of the GPL ]
On Fri, 3 Dec 1999, Raul Miller wrote:
> > By the time woody is released, it's likely the gif patent will have
> > expired.
On Fri, Dec 03, 1999 at 03:34:58PM +0100, Nils Jeppe wrote:
> Patents are good for 17 years or so. When was lzw patented? And when was
> it patented in countries other than the US? Remember, Debian is global.
The law's been changed, 20 years. Which means that it lasts until
June 19, 2003.