Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
Re: GIFs get expensive
Author: Eric Kidd Posted: 8/26/1999; 1:44:27 PM Topic: GIFs get expensive Msg #: 10007 (In response to 10005) Prev/Next: 10006 / 10008
(I'm speaking for myself, not for UserLand.)
Does your site use GIFs? Then Unisys says you owe them some money; possibly a lot of money.
Did I mention that I think software patents are silly? :-)
More to the point, the Unisys patent covers LZW compression (and possibly decompression, though there's some disagreement on this subject). A web server neither compresses nor decompresses GIFs. It merely transmits them across the network.
Now, I am not a lawyer, but I don't think the Unisys patent covers transmission of LZW-compressed data. Somehow, I doubt Unisys has a leg to stand on in this case.
(I'm going to look up their patent and post a link here in a minute.)
There are responses to this message:
- Re: GIFs get expensive, Wesley Felter, 8/26/1999; 1:53:04 PM
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