The Gif Format is Finally Patent-Free

Slashdot has a discussion about the fact that all of the patents that covered gif have now expired. I suspect that it won’t have much impact on the graphics world – especially as .png is finally becoming more used. It’s going to take a long time for people to stop using .gif in favour of .png (and, I suspect a long time for some people to start using .gif rather than .jpg when the former is more appropriate for the particular setting!)

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