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Subject: Re: Voices

Re: Voices

From: Bluechip <>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 20:27:31 +0000

More food for thought.

Why not distribute an app which will build the voice font on your own machine?
Yeah, it's gonna mean each person has to leave their computer running
But is it a viable solution?


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 to
>convert to MP3.
>----- 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.
>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.
Received on 2006-01-30

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