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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[1].
> Also, Adobe prohibits modification of that format as well as the
> mapping.

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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