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Hello,

I work for a company located in UE. For now software isnt patented in UE but
its gonna change.

So i have a question:

if a company in US (where software can be patended)
develep program in i.e. in java and their programs displays
pictures in jpg . Do they have to buy licencse to jpg algorithm.

JPG is suported by java now - so sun must have bought the license.
Is this transferable - which mean - if java suprots jpg or gif and a
programmer or a company develops programs in java is it still necessry to
buy a license for jpg. We dont use jpg algorithm per se. We just wanna
display images.

Im interested in situation in U.S. becasue i am gonna predict what will
happen if softwre would be subject to patents in UE.

regards
Sebastian
Jul 17 '05 #1
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The Torn wrote:
Hello,

I work for a company located in UE. For now software isnt patented in UE
but its gonna change.

So i have a question:

if a company in US (where software can be patended)
develep program in i.e. in java and their programs displays
pictures in jpg . Do they have to buy licencse to jpg algorithm.

JPG is suported by java now - so sun must have bought the license.
Is this transferable - which mean - if java suprots jpg or gif and a
programmer or a company develops programs in java is it still necessry to
buy a license for jpg. We dont use jpg algorithm per se. We just wanna
display images.

Im interested in situation in U.S. becasue i am gonna predict what will
happen if softwre would be subject to patents in UE.


Probably better pointed at a lawyer, they make these stupid laws up to keep
them in business. JPG is controlled by a strange patent structure, visit
http://www.jpeg.org/faq.phtml?action...q3f042a5e42fd8
for more information...

Basically stay well clear of JPEG and show your support for a patent free
graphics solution, such as PNG. Not sure about Java support though?

Craig

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