[Accessibility] BrailleBlaster copyright claim [FWD]
Gregory J. Rosmaita
oedipus at hicom.net
Thu Jul 8 06:51:42 PDT 2010
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From: "John J. Boyer" <john.boyer at abilitiessoft.com>
To: Sasikumar M <the.little.sasi at gmail.com>
Cc: accessibility at gnu.org
Sent: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 01:18:39 -0500
Subj: Re: [Accessibility] Announcing BrailleBlaster
The wording about copyright simply means that the sponsors will defend
the Open Souce nature of BrailleBlaster if anyone abuses it. ViewPlus is
a vendor of embossers. Abilitiessoft is innterested in developing
software for people with disabilities, preferably Open Source. It is set
up as a commercial organization because that is simpler and less
restrictive than being a nonprofit.
On Thu, Jul 08, 2010 at 11:28:43AM +0530, Sasikumar M wrote:
> Nice initiative. But the clause "BrailleBlaster's sponsors are ViewPlus
> Technologies, Inc. and
> Abilitiessoft, Inc. They will hold the license copyright." is a little
> tricky. It is not clear what this means, since both the companies are
> commercial entities. Can you clarify, please?
> - Sasi
> On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 10:57 AM, John J. Boyer
> <john.boyer at abilitiessoft.com> wrote:
> This is an announcement of an exciting new software development project
> that will greatly increase the availability and usability of Braille.
> Since this is an open source project, you are invited to
> need transcribers and technical writers as well as programmers.
> BrailleBlaster will be excellent for translating and formatting braille
> and inserting tactile graphics and hence release a blast of braille.
> It will be very user-friendly for non-technical users but also powerful
> enough for experts.
> Naive users will be able easily to compose simple documents and then
> translate and emboss them in braille or read them on a braille display.
> Advanced users will be able to divide books into multiple braille
> volumes, with title pages, tables of contents, and end-notes for each
> The BrailleBlaster project should be completed within less than two
> BrailleBlaster will be fully usable in speech or braille by people who
> are blind.
> It will be designed for Windows, MacIntosh, and Linux operating systems
> and common screenreaders
> It will have visual display controls that make it maximally accessible
> for users with low vision and other visual disabilities.
> It will be localized into most major languages.
> BrailleBlaster will be developed under the Apache 2.0 license, which
> permits broad use, including use in commercial software.
> BrailleBlaster's sponsors are ViewPlus Technologies, Inc. and
> Abilitiessoft, Inc. They will hold the license copyright.
> John J. Boyer; President, Chief Software Developer
> Abilitiessoft, Inc.
> Madison, Wisconsin USA
> Developing software for people with disabilities
> Accessibility mailing list
> Accessibility at gnu.org
> M Sasikumar, KBCS/ETU/OSS Divisions, *CDAC Mumbai (formerly NCST) - Navi
> Mumbai campus
> *** check me out on twitter as thelittlesasi ***
> Visible links
> 1. mailto:john.boyer at abilitiessoft.com
> 2. http://www.abilitiessoft.com/
> 3. mailto:Accessibility at gnu.org
> 4. http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/accessibility
John J. Boyer; President, Chief Software Developer
Madison, Wisconsin USA
Developing software for people with disabilities
Accessibility mailing list
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