GIF File Warning

GIF File Warning

Post by Kevin Boyl » Fri, 13 Jan 1995 02:05:59

>Subject: Re: GIF File Warning
>Date: 10 Jan 1995 06:50:47 GMT

>   From what I understand about this, CompuServe unknowingly used a compression
>   alogrithm patented (damn patents) by UniSys, and it was UniSys that told
>   CompuServe to pony up the money.  CS is simply passing on the expense.  
>> [stuff deleted]
>At least in Austria, you cannot patent an algorithm, only an implementation.
>Otherwise I should patent the binary search algorithm - that would make money

That is how it *USED* to be here, until the all-knowing patent office decided
you could patent an algorithm.  It is going to get to the point where

writeln("Hellow, world.");

is a patent violation!