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Re: The end of GIF format [was : Dangerous precedent being set - possible serious violation of the GPL ]

At 11:11 +0100 1999-12-04, Tomasz Wegrzanowski wrote:
>On Sat, Dec 04, 1999 at 03:48:55PM +1100, Brian May wrote:
>> - AFAIK, the patent issues on GIF only apply to certain countries, and
>> does not apply to me ;-)
>You are wrong. These prograws are in non-free because American
>authors licensed them for non-commercial use.

No they haven't, unisys grants a free for non-commercial use license for
"freeware" for no cost only if it's asked for, but this was not widely
understood and thus most authors never asked.
The reason they're in non-free is due to the definition of non-free in policy.
Joel Klecker (aka Espy)                    Debian GNU/Linux Developer
<URL:mailto:jk@espy.org>                 <URL:mailto:espy@debian.org>
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