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Re: [Gnash-dev] fwd: Adobe lifts Flash and AIR development restrictions

From: Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams
Subject: Re: [Gnash-dev] fwd: Adobe lifts Flash and AIR development restrictions
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 01:18:36 -0400

On Wed, 2008-04-30 at 22:49 -0600, Rob Savoye wrote:
> > Adobe's licensing had acted as a bottleneck, as you were allowed to
> > read the specifications and able to build using SWF but prohibited
> > from building software for SWF file playback. Or, as McAllister put
> > it, you: "Couldn't build anything that looked or smelled like a Flash
> > player - only Adobe could do it."
> >
> > As of May 1, though, you can build your own Flash player and embed
> > Flash into an application, which is particularly handy because it
> > means you no longer need to rely on Flash running in the browser,
> > with resulting performance and network availability issues.
>   It looks like we may now legally be allowed to read the swf
> specifications, as well as work on Gnash without problem. I've been
> bugging Adobe about this for over a year, maybe we're finally getting
> somewhere. :-) We'll need a real legal opinion, but I think this will
> let people contribute to Gnash even if currently we'd consider them
> "contaminated".

But yes, IANAL.

Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams <address@hidden>

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