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Re: Netscape 4.5 and HTTP/1.1 Accept-Encoding

From: Chris Newman <Chris.Newman@innosoft.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 1998 14:44:39 -0800 (PST)
To: Jim Gettys <jg@pa.dec.com>
Cc: http-wg@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <Pine.SOL.3.95.981103142409.23792X-100000@elwood.innosoft.com>
On Tue, 3 Nov 1998, Jim Gettys wrote:
> compress 	The encoding format produced by the common UNIX file compression 
> 	program ``compress''. This format is an adaptive Lempel-Ziv-Welch coding 
> 	(LZW).

Yikes!

If you reference LZW in the HTTP spec, then RFC 2026 section 10.3.2 comes
into effect. That means you have to document the Unisys patent in the spec
and the IETF executive director will have to contact Unisys with a request
for openly specified, reasonable, non-discriminatory licensing terms.

		- Chris
Received on Tuesday, 3 November 1998 22:45:45 EST

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