On Fri, 23 Apr 2004, Daniel Rogers wrote:

> Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 22:47:49 -0700
> From: Daniel Rogers <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: Joao S. O. Bueno <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Cc: Alan Horkan <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] The issue of JPEG Patents?
>
> Joao S. O. Bueno wrote:
> > On Friday 23 April 2004 18:39, Alan Horkan wrote:
> >
> >>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/04/23/forgent_jpeg_suit/
> >>
> >>Has the issue of Jpeg Patents been brought up yet?
> >>(a quick but not thorough search suggests not)
> >
> >
> > hmmm...What about waiting until october, and THEM start the Gimp Foundation?
> > You can't sue what does not exist....
>
>
> > Honestly...I got scared for the GIMP when I read about the "thou shalt not
> > open scanned-up money images"  blurbs ...
> > when I read about this JPEG patents, I did not even thought about the GIMP,
> > because it's just too stupid. But..who knows where human greed can take us?
>
> Well you could still sue the plugin maintainer.  but that is no point.
> It is greed drivin, thus there is a second, implict rule, thou shall not
> sue that which has no money.

I was thinking that Jpeg support might have to be preemptively removed
like Gif support was removed.  (Although the Gif patents have expired in
America and will expire in Europe in June)

On reading more, some comments suggest that this issue might not be
specific enough to effect the Gimp but then I always believed Gif could
have been included in the Gimp if parts of the Gif compression had been
disabled but these issues are always more complicated than they
seem.
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=105099&cid=8948562

- Alan
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