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Re: [PATCH] jpeg image reader

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: [PATCH] jpeg image reader
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 13:29:13 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Tue, Jan 15, 2008 at 01:21:04PM +0100, Marco Gerards wrote:
> >> 
> >> I do not think these algorithms can be copyrighted and are in the
> >> public domain?  Can you check this?
> >
> > Only actual code can be copyrighted.  Algorithms can only be patented.
> >
> > Copyright expires into public domain, but this is only theoretical since
> > they reform copyright law every 20 years to extend it.
> >
> > I think only patents actually expire in practice.
> What I meant was, that the code Bean used is public domain already.
> AFAIK that's not uncommon for reference implementations.

It shouldn't be.  I wouldn't be too sure though.

Robert Millan

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