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Subject: RE: Voices

RE: Voices

From: Bluechip <>
Date: 2006-01-29

I searched for a copy of their license agreement, and could not find it
anywhere online ...Do you possess a copy of their license, maybe in a
manual or in the install directory? If they allow us to distribute audio
made with their software, then I think we have a winner!


>Hi I've got Neospeech, and you're right it is good. I've been using it for
>some time to generate my MP3 clips for my files/folders. I'm working on
>-----Original Message-----
>From: []On
>Behalf Of Bluechip
>Sent: 28 January 2006 20:11
>To: Glenn at home; Rockbox
>Subject: Re: Voices
>Big list of speech synths.
>Neospeech is quite incredible!
>I post this link in case there are other companies which we may care to
>approach to tide us over to the time when we can generate our own speech
>and all these legal problems disappear.
>At 18:25 30/01/2006, you wrote:
> >If the terms state that we may not distribute the WAV file, specifically,
> >then that may be an out here, since I can, for example, set my Text Aloud
> >convert to MP3.
> >Glenn
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "Jerry Van Baren" <>
> >To: "Rockbox" <>
> >Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 12:13 PM
> >Subject: Re: Voices
> >
> >
> >Michael E. DiFebbo wrote:
> > > Jerry Van Baren wrote:
> > >> 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'm curious about how you reach the definitive conclusion that these
> > > voices are not subject to copyright. Section 102(a)(7) of the U.S.
> > > Copyright Act expressly includes "sound recordings" in the "works of
> > > authorship" that can be protected by copyright under the act.
> > >
> > > Michael E. DiFebbo
> >
> >OK, you got me on that one. It probably is copyrighted as well (by
> >which party, I don't know).
> >
> >Wizzard clearly asserts the claim that you need a license to
> >redistribute the .wav files, see the excerpt below. I didn't see any
> >assertion of a copyright claim on the output .wav file. For legal
> >advice, ask your lawyer. If you wish to discuss the licensing terms,
> >start an email dialog with Wizzard.
> >
> >gvb
> >
> >
> >
> >Wizzard Licensing Model Overview
> >
> >Our Offerings are designed to for Developers to speech enable their
> >applications by adding automatic speech recognition and /or
> >text-to-speech to their products, and our Licensing Agreements are
> >modeled for this environment. SDKs are available with "internal usage
> >only" licensing, and may be purchased at the Wizzard Website or through
> >Wizzard Sales. Any deployment or distribution of speech technologies or
> >wavefiles requires additional licensing, with terms and prices based on
> >volume and the environment (runtime, port, wavefile). For quotes and/or
> >information regarding term/conditions, please contact Wizzard Sales.
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Received on Tue Jan 31 05:04:32 2006

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