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[bug-gtypist] Are the .typ files copyrighted?

From: Kimmo Surakka
Subject: [bug-gtypist] Are the .typ files copyrighted?
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 14:27:51 +0300


I’ve been occasionally using gtypist for typing practicing. Once in a while, 
I’ve tried other typing tutorial applications as well. Recently I came across a 
typing tutorial for OSX called simply ”Typist”. The application is simple but 
clean looking, quite OK for my occasional needs. However, the practice lessons 
seemed oddly familiar. When I looked in to the application package, it 
contained a set of .typ files. Here’s an excerpt from file called ”q.typ”:

If you have never taken any lessons in typing before, please be patient.
Typing is not difficult but it does take a lot of practice. Avoid the
tendency to look down at your fingers while typing. This is a very bad
habit and is hard to break later. If you hit the wrong key, I will let
you know. (But, I won't tell anyone else, so don't worry about it.)\T

Also the actual drills seem familiar:

(3) Continuous Copy\I
Ed had a shed. His shed had dishes. He had shade.
Ed had his ease. Sis liked a safe shed. Sis had shade.
His shed is ashes. Ed hides his head. He heeds Sis.\D

What I didn’t find, however was any ”credits” section in the application 
mentioning gtypist.

My question is: are the gtypist data files covered by the GPL license or some 
other license and what is the policy regarding their use in other applications?

Kimmo Surakka

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