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- From: Len Bullard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Vilya Harvey <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 18:33:52 -0600
Vilya Harvey wrote:
> An interesting point though, is the response that this generated: the
> enforcement of the patent on GIF files led directly to the development of
> the (superior) public domain PNG file format, which is slowly but surely
> replacing GIF as one of the formats of choice for images on the web. I
> think there's probably a lesson in that somewhere...
I hate to tell you this Vilya, but the outcome was Unisys picked up
some substantial licensing and the fellow who drove the effort got
a righteous promotion.
The lesson is: patent as fast as you can. MPEG does and they
are going to make money. Someone has to pay for the stock bubble.
Only money matters.
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