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Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 13:45:50 -0500
From: "Eric S. Raymond" <esr@snark.thyrsus.com>
To: wire-service@snark.thyrsus.com
Subject: Are you ready for Burn All GIFs Day? 

Are you ready for Burn All GIFs Day?.  On November 5, webmasters
all over the world will convert their sites to eliminate all GIFs.  
Please join this effort and show Unisys that the net will not 
tolerate its sleazy attempt at a $5000-per-site shakedown based 
on the LZW patent.

By converting your site on or before November 5th, you will also
send a message to hostile software patent-holders that the net
will actively resist future attempts to torpedo open-source 
software with "submarine patents".

For tools to make converting your entire site easy, see the
gif2png home page.
		Eric S. Raymond

Strict gun laws are about as effective as strict drug laws...It pains
me to say this, but the NRA seems to be right: The cities and states
that have the toughest gun laws have the most murder and mayhem.
        -- Mike Royko, Chicago Tribune