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don't try this yourself.

Unisys holds the patent for LZW till around June 2003. I'm not going to get into the issues surrounding this. But I did a little experimenting with different compressions inside gif.

My basic alg for RLE Gif:

	ch = getnext();
	if (lastch == ch) {
		go look in stringlist for substring....
		if (in stringlist) {
			substring += ch;

output substring entry;
add to substring to stringlist...

In addition Unisys doesn't hold a patent in Australia. From the Unisys site (here), the countries where they claim a patent (for LZW) are: US, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the UK.


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