[Scribus] Adobe Reader License
Mon May 30 20:51:56 CEST 2005
To quote your answer to Marvin:
> Hi Marvin,
> well, the above licence clearly defines fonts as part of "the Software"
> and clearly forbids to use "the Software" with any other software.
That's not correct. Here is the relevant part from Adobe Reader
Distribution Agreement again:
"Restrictions. You may not bundle the Software with any (a) other
software, plug-in or enhancement which uses or relies upon the Software
when converting or transforming SVG or PDF files into other file formats
(e.g., a PDF file into a JPEG, SVG or TIFF file, or an SVG file into a
JPEG, PDF, PNG or SWF file), (b) plug-in software not developed in
accordance with the Adobe Integration Key License Agreement, or (c)
other software or enhancement that uses Inter Application Communication
(IAC) to programmatically interface with the Software for the purpose of
(i) creating a file that contains data (e.g., an XML or comments file),
(ii) saving modifications to a PDF file or (iii) rendering a PDF file in
such other software's application window."
(a), from a scribus point of view is quite crazy: You can use the fonts
(software) in an SVG (inkscape) or PDF (scribus), but you are not
permitted to convert the file to another format (PS, PNG whatever).
That's at least how I understand it.
(b) irrelevant in this context
(c) probably irrelevant, unless IAC is a general term
This morning, I received an answer from Adobe Germany to my request and
they sent me the German distribution agreement, but it was the one for
AR 6. Under this license agreement you are not allowed to distribute AR
with other software that can create PDFs, unless the software is from Adobe!
But I checked http://www.adobe.de/products/acrobat/acrrdistribute.html
today. The license for AR 7 is mostly the same (at least with respect to
restrictions) as the current English version, *BUT* "software" is
defined as "the latest version of Adobe Reader provided for download by
Adobe from http://www.adobe.de/products/acrobat/readstep2.html". Fonts
are not included in the defintion.
I return to my earlier suggestion to file a written request with Adobe
(dead tree version) and ask for written and signed permission (dead tree
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