[Foundation-l] foundation-l Digest, Vol 36, Issue 20

Damian Finol damian at igluve.org
Tue Mar 6 12:15:00 UTC 2007

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>    1. How non-free is Flash? (Erik Moeller)
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> Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 09:39:25 +0100
> From: "Erik Moeller" <erik at wikimedia.org>
> Subject: [Foundation-l] How non-free is Flash?
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> How non-free do we consider Flash to be? The Gnash player appears to
> be making good progress. Would it be acceptable to permit useful Flash
> files which work in Gnash and don't require non-free codecs to be
> uploaded?
> I did not see any issues with patents mentioned in the relevant
> Wikipedia article. The old Macromedia Flash website lists a US patent
> on "creating gradient fills", but that seems so bizarre as to pose no
> real threat.
> (Let's keep this separate, for now, from the question when a format
> like Flash would be appropriate, content-wise. I'd like to fully
> understand the "freeness" first.)


Adobe licenses the flash format specifications to others who are willing
to create programs that export to Flash. However, the format itself is
not free as in freedom.

Also, Adobe doesn't allow those licensed users to create software that
would play Flash, Gnash is most likely a reverse engineered player. And
Adobe could change the rules of engagement at any time leaving us with
all the Flash content, a player who isn't free and waiting for the Gnash
people to work on an update.

With all that being said, a full end to end implementation of SVG should
offer the same benefits Flash provides plus it would be free.

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