[NetBehaviour] remember the GIF tax?

{ brad brace } bbrace at eskimo.com
Sun Jan 17 15:08:30 CET 2016

Between 1987 and 1994, GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
peacefully became the most popular file format for archiving
and exchanging computer images. At the end of December 1994,
CompuServe Inc. and Unisys Corporation announced to the
public that developers would have to pay a license fee in
order to continue to use technology patented by Unisys in
certain categories of software supporting the GIF format.
These first statements caused immediate reactions and some
confusion. As a longer term consequence, it appears likely
that GIF will be replaced and extended by new file formats,
but not so before the expiration of the patents which caused
so much debate (at midnight US Eastern Standard Time on June
19, 2003 for the US patent, and midnight local time on June
18 and 19, 2004 for the European and Japanese counterparts,



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