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Re: RAR under linux: any alternative?

On Thursday 15 December 2005 19:29, Gabriel wrote:
>Carl Fink wrote:
>>On Wed, Dec 14, 2005 at 02:34:31PM -0800, Steve Lamb wrote:
>>>    IIRC one of the algorithms that can be used in zip is lzw which
>>> is (or was) patented.
>>The patent expired in 2003.
>> http://www.sslug.dk/patent/lzwunisys.html
>The license was owned by Unisys and IBM. The one expired in 2003 was
> the Unisys license. The IBM license expires on 08/11/2006 (in the
> USA). It's the same algorithm used on GIF.

'scuse me?  If the unisys patent expired in 2003, then either the USTPO 
screwed up again (what else is new?) in issueing the same patent to 
IBM, or their 'license' is not in fact anything to do with a patent, 
and should be absolutely moot now that the Unisys patent has expired, 
all over the planet I believe.  Any legal manuevering(sp) should be 
entirely between IBM & Unisys.  And likely a waste of time & shyster 

If not, and IBM does have a legal claim on the lzw algorythm, please 
cite some links so that we can become better educated.

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