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From Justin Erenkrantz <jerenkra...@ebuilt.com>
Subject Re: zlib inclusion and mod_gz(ip) recap
Date Sat, 08 Sep 2001 08:33:19 GMT
On Fri, Sep 07, 2001 at 09:08:20PM -0700, Ryan Bloom wrote:
> I also do not believe that we should be making this decision right now.  I am
> 100% in agreement with Jim about this.  We should table this whole discussion
> until emotions have calmed, the patent issue has been finally resolved (Dirk
> told me today that he knows of two patents, and he would post about them),
> and Apache 2.0 has shipped.

On the zlib main site (http://www.gzip.org/zlib/):

zlib is designed to be a free, general-purpose, legally unencumbered --
that is, not covered by any patents -- lossless data-compression library
for use on virtually any computer hardware and operating system. 

Not to say that they may not be wrong, but their view seems to be 
that zlib and its algortihms aren't covered by any compression 
patents.  I don't know if this helps at all.  -- justin


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