[linux-elitists] bzip2 patent status

Sean Neakums sneakums@zork.net
Wed Jul 10 08:56:11 PDT 2002


I just came across this:

http://www.openbsd.org/2.8_packages/m68k/bzip-0.21.tgz-long.html

> COMMERCIAL USE
> ==============
> 
> This program may or may not infringe certain US patents pertaining
> to arithmetic coding and to the block-sorting transformation itself.
> Opinions differ as to the precise legal status of some of the
> algorithms used. Nevertheless, you should be aware that commercial
> use of this program could render you liable to unfriendly legal
> action.

Does anybody have any hard information on this?

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