Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: GIFs get expensive

Author:Wesley Felter
Posted:8/26/1999; 1:53:04 PM
Topic:GIFs get expensive
Msg #:10009 (In response to 10007)
Prev/Next:10008 / 10010

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 agree. Can we tie them to the tracks and run them over with a Cluetrain? Please?

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