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Subject: Re: Voices

Re: Voices

From: Jerry Van Baren <gerald.vanbaren_at_smiths-aerospace.com>
Date: 2006-01-30

It is a licensing issue, not a copyright issue. In order to install and
run the software, you must agree to their licensing terms. One of the
terms of that license is that you may not redistribute the sounds
produced by that software.

Neither the text nor the resulting speech is copyrighted, but
distributing the speech is still disallowed.

I have not looked at Festival in a while
<http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/festival/>
Anybody have experience with it?

gvb

Glenn at home wrote:
> I sure don't understand how they can copyright my work.
> If I type in the words to be generated, it is my work.
> That makes it sound like the artificial speech is gaining the status to
> obtain a copyright.
> Maybe if we go ahead, aT&T will assist Crystal and Mike to sue RockBox!
> I wonder how Crystal & Mike feel about this?
> LOL.
> This folly seems to not be in the best interest of aT&T nor the other
> companies that sell these voices, as there are other voices out there for
> people to use for other things which do meet their guidelines, and one would
> think that aT&T would want their voices to be the most well recognized.
> Glenn
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "rob powell" <rob@rinty.plus.com>
> To: "Glenn at home" <GlennErvin@cableone.net>; "Rockbox"
> <rockbox@cool.haxx.se>
> Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 9:39 AM
> Subject: RE: Voices
>
>
> The way I read it, the spokenness is copyrighted too.
>
> Rob
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: rockbox-bounces@cool.haxx.se
> [mailto:rockbox-bounces@cool.haxx.se]On Behalf Of Glenn at home
> Sent: 30 January 2006 15:24
> To: Rockbox
> Subject: Re: Voices
>
>
> I thought that it only referred to copyrighted material.
> Glenn
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "rob powell" <rob@rinty.plus.com>
> To: "Rockbox" <rockbox@cool.haxx.se>
> Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 8:21 AM
> Subject: RE: Voices
>
>
> OK, I've had a look at my ATNT licence, and it's quite unequivocal I'm
> afraid, it says that if you use the file to generate something spoken the
> spoken output is still covered, and you can't distribute it. Daniel's said
> don't do anything, as I read his message, Jorge says do it. I'd really want
> something a bit more definite from the rockbox crew if I were going to try
> it. What I do know is, that Ken White's done a lot to make his software
> products accessible to blind users, and he's committed to that project.
>
> Rob
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: rockbox-bounces@cool.haxx.se
> [mailto:rockbox-bounces@cool.haxx.se]On Behalf Of [IDC]Dragon
> Sent: 30 January 2006 13:55
> To: Rockbox
> Subject: RE: Voices
>
>
>> Do we still have a problem if we buy the AT&T voices from next-up.com?
>
> The voice files have been made with Jens' legally purchased (in germany)
> license.
>
> The email came from wizzardsoftware.com, who seem to sell U.S. licenses.
> They accuse Jens of "distributing AT&T Natural VoicesR TTS software", which
> is not the case. They say we don't have distribution rights (correct, we
> can't and won't distribute the AT&T software) and want money per downloaded
> copy. Perhaps they or their script just googled around for AT&T files and
> didn't look what's actually there for download.
>
> A different issue came into attention:
> The click-through license is strange with respect to wether it's allowed to
> let the software speak into files and noncommercially distribute those, or
> not. One sentence sais yes, another one reads like a no. This may really
> hinder future AT&T voice file distribution.
>
>> also
>> I know Ken White who runs next-up.com, who I think distribute the voices
>> in
>> the US, would it help if I got in touch with him about this?
>
> Interesting. If they have any "power" over wizzardsoftware, or can offer a
> licensing which we're legally safe with, yes.
>
> Jörg
>
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