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Title: Patents threat on photomosaic plugin Date: 2009-08-07 19:28 Author: nicolas Tags: News, Gimp, Patents Slug: patents-threat-on-photomosaic-plugin Status: published Found on the [developper's website](http://www.kirchgessner.net/photo-mosaic.html): > The image mosaic plug-in for the GIMP is no longer supported or > distributed. Mr. Robert Silvers, the holder of a patent related to the > technology that was used in the plug-in, argued that the software > would directly infringe his patent rights. It is not clear if the > patent is applicable in this case. But I have neither the time, > interest or money for legal action. So I complied with the cease and > desist request. > > PHOTOMOSAIC® is a registered trademark of Runaway Technology, Inc. The > photomosaic process is patented (US Patent No. 6,137,498) and > protected by the patent, copyright, and other intellectual property > laws of the United States and other major countries. It seems though that [someone else](http://thebigmachine.org/gimp/pmosaic/) has taken the development further: > This software is currently being updated for Gimp 2.2. Please check > back regularly. In the meantime, the Gimp 1.x version and instructions > can be found below, although they may be somewhat unreliable. This second version of the plugin avoided the technology covered by the patent or ... sanely ... ignored it?