[GRASS-user] File formats in r.in.gdal

nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au
Tue Apr 22 21:14:51 EDT 2008

> Tim Bowden said :
> The ecw lib has never been offered under a true open source license.
> The old license allowed "open source GPL style" use for non commercial
> use only.  The new license is much more restrictive in some ways.
> Certainly gdal can be compiled against the old ecw code.  I'm not sure
> about the latest ecw lib releases.  Either way it's up to you to
> determine your licence rights.  Beware the old license is inconsistent,
> vague, internally contradictory and generally doesn't parse well.  FWIW,
> I believe it's worth trying to avoid depending on ecw if this is an
> issue for you.  Having said that, avoiding ecw may well not be a viable
> option, in which case you may have to look at a commercial license for
> it.

My understanding is that ecw and jpeg2000 share some compression
technology. Is jpeg2000 a viable replacement for ecw? Are the
liscencing conditions for jpeg2000 more favourable for
open source?


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