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Gif files and copyright issues

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I've heard that the gif file format is copyrighted and that there are issues
using it in your programs because of this. Is anyone aware of this? I am
writing an image program and it would be rather easy to added the
functionality for gifs, but I am concerned to due to this issues.


Nov 21 '05 #1
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Hello David ,

This is exactly the reasson why they invented PNG as a replacement for GIF
,,, however GIF is so wide spread that this may take years, or the current
LZW copyright holders should start asking and claiming a fee for every GIF
image that is used ,,,, This would sure speed up the usage PNG on the web
( and beyond )

regards

Michel Posseth [MCP]

"David A. Osborn" <do********@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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I've heard that the gif file format is copyrighted and that there are
issues using it in your programs because of this. Is anyone aware of
this? I am writing an image program and it would be rather easy to added
the functionality for gifs, but I am concerned to due to this issues.

Nov 21 '05 #2

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A few years ago, a company bought the rights to the GIF format and began
legal proceedings to get software authors to pay up if their software would
create GIF images. If I remember right, the fees were pretty steep. The
reaction from the web community was swift and sharp, with a huge drop in the
use of GIF images.

I have no idea what happened to the lawsuits, but no one would fault you for
avoiding that format.

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"David A. Osborn" <do********@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:_gNGe.198518$x96.191573@attbi_s72...
I've heard that the gif file format is copyrighted and that there are
issues using it in your programs because of this. Is anyone aware of
this? I am writing an image program and it would be rather easy to added
the functionality for gifs, but I am concerned to due to this issues.

Nov 21 '05 #3

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