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

From: Felix Natter
Subject: Re: [bug-gtypist] Are the .typ files copyrighted?
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2015 11:47:30 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.130006 (Ma Gnus v0.6) Emacs/24.4 (gnu/linux)

Kimmo Surakka <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi,

hello Kimmo,

thanks for your report.

we (actually Tim) contacted the GNU legal folks about this, but
did not receive a reply in >3 months now.

> 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?

We did not require contributors to sign a GPL agreement or similar,
but the idea is that the lessons are GPL'd as well.

Cheers and Best Regards,
Felix Natter

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