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Subject: Re: Voices

Re: Voices

From: Rocker <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 07:44:44 -0700

Hey Rob,

Go for it dude! What do we have to lose since we appear to be stuck in the
water here any way?

maybe a barter arrangement can be arranged where more promo material can be
placed on the rockbox sight or something like that. I can't see that At&t
would really benefit by denying association with such an altruistic
endeavour like rockbox. Sure a distributor or two worries about profit but
maybe your guy can look beyond profit in this case. Though At&T is likely
not solely focussing there marketing to blind solutions I'm sure they don't
want the negative publicity. Good material for blogging?
Good luck...rocker

----- Original Message -----
From: "rob powell" <>
To: "Rockbox" <>
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 7:21 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.


-----Original Message-----
[]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

The voice files have been made with Jens' legally purchased (in germany)

The email came from, 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, 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.


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