Re: Bug#451799: new evince cannot display Japanese characters correctly
On Thu, Dec 06, 2007 at 04:11:59AM +0900, Kobayashi Noritada wrote:
> > FWIW, I believe a search of debian-legal archives will show that we've come
> > to the same conclusion before about copyrightability of non-creative
> > databases, and are already shipping a number of these in Debian.
> I have a question: can we regard CMaps as database? Well, several
> years ago, some Japanese developers paid attention to the fact that
> CMaps are PostScript programs, not data tables like unicode tables.
> Also, Adobe prohibits modification of that format as well as the
Being in program form doesn't automatically make it creative and
Adobe's prohibition on modification of the format is begging the question:
if it's not a copyrightable work, their prohibition carries no legal force
(in the US).
I have not looked at the CMaps myself, so I can't give you an informed
opinion on whether I believe they contain a creative element; if you need me
to give my (non-lawyerly) opinion on this, please provide a pointer to the
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