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Title: Web Site LZW Licenses Available from Unisys
Resource Type: Announcement
Source: Unisys
Author: Unisys
Keywords: UNISYS          ,LZW             ,GIFS            ,LICENSING

Because demand for LZW-related technology by Web developers continues to
 grow, Unisys wants to make obtaining a license for Web-based use of the LZW
 technology as easy and as straightforward as possible. Unisys therefore
 announces a new way for operators of certain types of Web sites to obtain an
 LZW license.

 If you are the operator of an Intranet Web site or an Internet Billboard Web 
 (see detailed definitions) and use the types of images covered by the LZW
 patent, you qualify.

 Types of images covered
 GIF, TIFF-LZW, PDF-LZW images or other LZW graphical formats used in
 connection with the creation, operation or maintenance of a Web site.

 Why is Unisys taking this step?
 Use of the World Wide Web has grown faster than almost any other technology
 in history - and faster than anyone anticipated even five years ago, when 
 service providers mostly handled simple electronic messaging. Organizations
 around the world are making a significant investment in their Web presence.
 Many use GIF images and other technology derived from the LZW (Lempel Ziv
 Welch) data compression/decompression technology developed and patented by
 Unisys Corporation over 10 years ago. Nearly 2,000 companies and
 governmental agencies, both large and small, have already taken licenses under
 the Unisys LZW patent.

Original URL: http://corp2.unisys.com/LeadStory/lzw-license.html

Added: Tue  Aug  31 11:26:1 -040 1999
Contributed by: Keeffee