::Open format


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An open file format is a published specification for storing digital data, usually maintained by a standards organization, and which can be used and implemented by anyone. For example, an open format can be implemented by both proprietary and free and open source software, using the typical software licenses used by each. In contrast to open formats, closed formats are considered trade secrets. Open formats are also called free file formats if they are not encumbered by any copyrights, patents, trademarks or other restrictions (for example, if they are in the public domain) so that anyone may use them at no monetary cost for any desired purpose.<ref name="Free File Format Definition">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Open format sections
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