Re: IBMTTS and eloquence driver comments.

Pawel Urbanski

I will tap my network. I used to work with startup accelerators, and
the IP law is a common and frequent issue faced over there.
If someone could just write a few lines of a summary stayting:
1. What is the status of Eloquence - who is the owner.
2. Who is or possibly can be a distributor?
3. What are alternative engines / implementations providing the same
speech quality and API compatibility?
4. What are possible scenarios for distributing the NVDA add-on with
the assciated synthesizer library?

Best regards,

On 24/04/2019, DaVid <dhf360@...> wrote:
Thanks James, I'll try to ask a lawyer specialist in copy right. Even
for a lawyer is a difficult topic, I think.
So the first step is find someone that knows about copyright licences.
In my country could be difficult to find a lawyer with this profile
but I will ask colleagues that could recomment a lawyer to me.


2019-04-24 14:21 GMT-06:00, James Scholes <james@...>:
I agree with you, but all I can do is repeat: if you want to know if
distributing certain code is legal or not, you will need to consult with
a lawyer. Nobody on this list is qualified or contracted to say that it
is legal or otherwise, and anybody giving you advice here won't be able
to help you if that advice turns out to be wrong.


James Scholes

On 24/04/2019 at 3:10 pm, DaVid wrote:
The add-on doesn't reffer to eloquence, does not include eloquence
libraries, but is based on a public document reference api, also on
some oralux examples.
If this add-on can be made for voxin, it should be legal, I think.
because is not eloquence. Oralux let developers to use voxin libraries
as long as the user buys a license and the developer can't include
voxin libraries. Its the user's responsibility to buy and use voxin
over wsl with NVDA or use any other illegal library as many currently
So distribution of an IBMTTS add-on (without libraries) could be legal
as speech dispatcher or emacspeak (for example) are.
I'm looking for solutions. My country is considering to buy a global
country licence of a very expencive screen reader (that I don't want
to mention) and users comments can influence the decision.
Even if my main synthesizer were Espeak, I would try to find a good
and acceptable solution for everyone.


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