>From: Eirh-Yu Hsie <address@hidden> >Organization: Aeronomy Laboratory/NOAA/DOC >Keywords: 200209251720.g8PHK0121091 McIDAS-X GIF Hsie, >Does McIDAS software have license to use the GIF format? There is no explicit license by SSEC to use GIF (tm) that I know of (but I could be wrong). Unidata sites should be exempted from GIF licensing fees if I understand the Unisys statment of clarification on the GIF patent correctly: Unisys Clarifies Policy Regarding Patent Use in On-Line Service Offerings http://lpf.ai.mit.edu/Patents/Gif/unisys.html In particular, paragraphs 10 and 11 of the above document seem to explicitly exclude not-for-profit use of the GIF standard: "Concerning all future software product development and enhancement of existing products for accessing on-line services, Unisys expects developers of commercial, for-profit software to secure a license from Unisys, or through the licensed on-line service, for the use of the patented technology. The very reasonable terms should prove no financial barrier to the introduction of product into the on-line network. Unisys does not require licensing, or fees to be paid, for non-commercial, non-profit GIF-based applications, including those for use on the on-line services." I recommend that if you have concerns about use of GIF by your shop, you should use one of the other formats to which McIDAS products can be saved using the FRMSAVE command: PPM - portable pixmap BMP - bitmap JPG - JPEG PS, and CPS - PostScript and color PostScript I hope that this satisfactorily answers your concerns. Tom Yoksas
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