Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
The lack of Pantone support in GIMP is a useful example of how software
users are harmed by software patents, but to make this claim I need to be
able to point out which patents cause this problem.
Is that really a patent issue? Pantone support need be nothing more
complicated than a name -> colour lookup table. (That's how InDesign
implements it - an EPS file defining a shedload of CMYKCustomColors).
I would have thought that the issue with Pantone colours would be
Trademark and/or Copyright.
If no-one minds, I'll submit the information here too:
Any other solid info about patent problems in GIMP would also be
appreciated. On- or off-list.
Probably best to keep this off-list; Free Software developers are better
off keeping themselves entirely ignorant of patent issues, because the
penalties for knowingly infringing a patent are generally much harsher
than for doing so accidentally.
Publishing any examples you may find could, unfortunately, backfire for
the same reason.
All the best,
Alastair M. Robinson
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