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DPRG: Need a license for GIF images on website?

Subject: DPRG: Need a license for GIF images on website?
From: Clendenny, Ronald D. rdclendenny at cal.ameren.com
Date: Mon Aug 30 12:51:15 CDT 1999

I don't read it that way.  If you use the LZW algorithm in you program, that
you developed, there will be licensing issues.  Anyone can still display
GIFs, even ones they scanned themselves, etc, at will.
Ron (not a lawyer)

- -----Original Message-----
>From: Kipton Moravec [mailto:kmoravec at airmail.net]
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 1999 10:43 AM
To: DPRG List
Subject: DPRG: Need a license for GIF images on website?


I was looking at the following link after it was brought up on NTLUG.

http://corp2.unisys.com/LeadStory/lzwfaq.html

The way I understand it, Unisys has the patent for the LZW compression
algorithm that everyone is using for GIF, TIFF-LZW, PDF, and
Postscript(?). You may need a $1500 license from Unisys to have GIF
images on your website. It does not matter if you created the GIF image
on a properly licensed program or not.

Is this the way everyone else reads it too?

We use JPG and GIF images on our website. We may want to convert
everything to JPG.

Kip

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