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On using the name Kinect, and fetching a binary firmware


I put together all the pieces needed to enable audio input (with
pulseaudio) from the Microsoft Kinect[1] sensor device on GNU/Linux
systems, I called the project kinect-audio-setup[2].

Before proposing its inclusion in Debian I'd like to address a couple of
legal doubts I have; maybe you can help me.

  1) Can I use the word "Kinect" in my project name? I read that the
     name "Kinect" is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation[3], in the
     project description I make clear that the software is related to
     the _Microsoft_ Kinect device, but maybe this is not enough, I
     don't know.

  2) For the audio to work a binary firmware is needed; it can be taken
     from the Micosoft Kinect for Windows SDK[4] but since that is not
     re-distributable I decided to use a script[5] which downloads and
     extracts the firmware, the script is going to be called at
     installation time, is that OK?


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinect
[2] http://git.ao2.it/kinect-audio-setup.git/
[3] http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/2010/05/04/microsoft-files-for-kinect-trademark/
[4] http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/kinectsdk/
[5] http://git.ao2.it/kinect-audio-setup.git/blob/HEAD:/kinect_fetch_fw

Antonio Ospite

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