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So evanolds released freeware illegally

If you're referring to any animated GIF programs that I’ve written, I wrote my GIF codec from scratch in late 2003, after the LZW patent expired in the U.S.

Other than the link provided, all sources I saw at the time listed only the Unisys patent (where'd this IBM B.S. come from?), and the Unisys one was expired in June 2003. As far as I'm concerned, my programs are legal and have been...

There are no warranties whatsoever on my plug-ins. Use them at your own risk. You may redistribute them if you'd like, but I'd prefer you just link to the download on my site. Please do not modify and redistribute.

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So evanolds released freeware illegally

If you're referring to any animated GIF programs that I’ve written, I wrote my GIF codec from scratch in late 2003, after the LZW patent expired in the U.S.

Other than the link provided, all sources I saw at the time listed only the Unisys patent (where'd this IBM B.S. come from?), and the Unisys one was expired in June 2003. As far as I'm concerned, my programs are legal and have been...

I believe Evan is correct. IANAL though.

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