I imagine we have a few FSF/OSI cognoscenti amongst our admins (or at least among the Wikia admins), so, before you ask:
The discussion of image formats on our policy/copyright pages doesn't prohibit this. Other GIF files have been uploaded here.
IANAL, though I did look around on the web a little bit, and it appears as though those extremely broad copyright issues involving GIFs (which had Eric Raymond et al. up in arms a few years ago) have blown over anyway.
Ryan W 03:38, 13 Oct 2005 (UTC)
- Yes, I believe the patent on the LZW compression algorithm used in GIFs has expired. Bloodshedder 04:17, 13 Oct 2005 (UTC)
- The Unisys patent has expired internationally but IBM hold one in the US until '10 or something. It's only a problem if you were writing a program to generate GIFs; I don't think you need worry about files themselves. For such a small gif, you can just save it without compression. -- Jdowland 09:19, 13 Oct 2005 (UTC)
This image looks fine on this page, but the reduced one on The Shores of Hell does not work properly on Internet explorer 6 or on Firefox 2. In the former case it does not animate, in the latter it does, but only the background looks right. The gray text is garbled and the splats are placed incorrectly. Who is like God? 17:49, 30 August 2008 (UTC)