[linux-audio-user] sf2 soundfont spec license

james at dis-dot-dat.net james at dis-dot-dat.net
Thu Mar 10 17:03:25 EST 2005


On Thu, 10 Mar, 2005 at 04:51PM -0500, Lee Revell spake thus:
> On Thu, 2005-03-10 at 15:50 -0500, John Check wrote:
> > > One could also make the interpretation that circulating it within the
> > > development community constitutes "internal".
> > > However, Mark's original email didn't supply sufficient background
> > > WRT to the standards origin. Is there sufficient legal structure behind it?
> > > IOW is it from a corporate structure with resources to make trouble?
> > 
> > In the tradition of replying to my own questions:
> > 
> > whois soundfont.comRegistrant:
> > CREATIVE LABS, INC. (SOUNDFONT-DOM)
> >    1901 MCCARTHY BLVD
> >    MILPITAS, CA 95035-7427
> >    US
> > 
> >    Domain Name: SOUNDFONT.COM
> > 
> >    Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
> >       Marketing, Internet  (YTEYTUZMFI)         
> > domainregadmin at creativelabs.com
> >       Creative Labs, Inc.
> >       1901 McCarthy Blvd
> >       Milpitas, CA 95035-7427
> >       US
> >       408-428-6600
> > 
> > DOH!
> > 
> 
> I don't think this is a problem.  Creative has never come after anyone
> for making and distributing their own soundfonts.  They seem to have
> taken a hands-off attitude towards open source.

Well, they make it clear that the sf format is open.  The problem is
that they seem to have a license for the actual *spec document* that
is at best vague and at worst restrictive.

So, if we don't hear from them, we'll just have to pass the link to
the document around rather than the document itself.

I have a link to it (along with other relevent stuff) at
http://dis-dot-dat.net/sfstuff/

Anyone with any other articles/software/libraries/whatever that would
be useful to list, please let me know.  I suppose it's kind of like a
shared reference library.

> Lee
> 
> 

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