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Re: location of UnicodeData.txt


On Thu, Nov 28, 2002 at 10:45:48AM -0600, John Hasler wrote:

> Richard Braakman writes:
> > But do you think it's _okay_ for such a file not to be free? 
> /usr/share/perl/5.8.0/unicore/UnicodeData.txt, which I assume is the file
> you are talking about, contains just a table of data.  Unless its creation
> involved creativity rather than just "sweat of the brow" it is not
> protected by copyright.

I'd say that the definition of Unicode, heck even ASCII, involves a fair
amount of creativity. The question is, is the definition of Unicode, as
a set of named glyphs and encodings, "protected" by copyright? If not,
then a table in a particular format representing that definition and
nothing but that definition is not likely to be copyrightable.

However, in these perverse times, where companies patent hyperlinks, I
honestly have no idea whether Unicode itself is owned but licensed
royalty-free, or as free as say, ASCII or English.

"Newspeak is free for non-commercial and other non-infringing uses, and
when not used to say bad things about Our President. Otherwise, please
contact the worldwite patent bureau for a RAND-license."




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