Only writing is an issue.  PHP 4.3's bundled GD2 library supports
gif-reads.  And the patent actually expires in 2003 so we'll be able to
roll in gif-writes next year.


On Sat, 16 Nov 2002, Danny Shepherd wrote:

> Actually, GD2 can be compiled (after a patch) to read/write GIFs with LZW
> compression (the LZW algorithm is the root of the legal iffyness), but
> (AFAIK) you're only legally allowed to enable it if you live outside the US
> & Canada. AFAIK only FreeBSD's ports system does this atm.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mako Shark" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 7:18 PM
> Subject: [PHP] Re: GD 1.5
> > <<If the OP was concerned about such issues then
> > he/she should not be using GIF at all!>>
> >
> > This is leading me to believe that I can't use GIFs
> > because of these issues. Is this true? I know now that
> > Unisys (Unisys?) made a fuss about some compression or
> > whatever, but someone told me it was still okay to use
> > old GDs (am I naive? maybe). Is it now considered
> > piracy to use GIFs at all? Does this mean I have to
> > switch over to JPGs, even those images that compress
> > better with GIFs? I just assumed we were still
> > permitted, what with Jasc and everybody still allowing
> > it in their products. Is JPEG (or PNG) the way to go?
> > I hesitate using PNGs since they seem to be the
> > least-supported out of the 'big three'.
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