[linux-elitists] Bell tolling for PNG graphics format?

Alan DuBoff aland@SoftOrchestra.com
Tue Jun 10 22:25:16 PDT 2003


"The big issue is not whether you use GIF or PNG," said Don Marti, president 
of the Silicon Valley Linux Users Group and Webmaster of Burn All GIFs Web 
site. "The big issue is whether you let a patent holder become a censor for 
your communications."

"A patent on communications, or on a format or a standard for communicating, 
is just like a stamp act," said Marti. "As soon as you decide to use a 
patented format to communicate, you give the patent holder a dangerous level 
of power over you."


Alan DuBoff
Software Orchestration, Inc.
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