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funny german stuff [Jul. 23rd, 2002|03:42 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Die Probleme der USA interessieren mich immer weniger...
(the problems of the USA interest me less and less...)

For realz... stupid US. I feel bad for all those other countries that have to put up with our stupid fucking laws. It's bad enough that they burden us so.

I am Memento dude!


[User Picture]From: mart
2002-07-23 04:05 pm (UTC)

I wonder if they'd try to claim royalties from PicPix for recieving, processing and then sending JPEG images. I also wonder if they'd try to claim royalties from LiveJournal.com because it recieves userpics from users in JPEG format.

Time to invent a new lossy compression format for photos? ;)

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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-07-23 04:15 pm (UTC)
Fuck them.

Their patent has less than 2 years left anyway... If need be, I'll just delay the release of PicPix until then, and move to requiring PNGs on LiveJournal.

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From: evan
2002-07-23 06:55 pm (UTC)
Interesting thread on slashdot [found through DWN] recently about how JPEG2000 (remember that?) never went anywhere because of the pile of patents.
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From: evan
2002-07-23 06:55 pm (UTC)

Re: PiNGuin ?

I believe the licensing issue is with *creating* JPEGs. Worst case, for images we generate (thumbnails) we use .png.
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[User Picture]From: ccupguy
2002-07-24 01:14 pm (UTC)

Re: PiNGuin ?

Yeah, but...

"You can't create a standard that doesn't infringe patents - PNG or Ogg Vorbis could equally be challenged. So it's no good saying something is patent free."
Taken from here : http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/26339.html

But then...I'm sure you or Brad would eventually come up with your own img-format if push came to shove :)

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From: evan
2002-07-24 01:24 pm (UTC)

Re: PiNGuin ?

Both of those formats were designed to avoid patents. The people who made them did research with that in mind.
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