[sword-devel] IMP file format
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Sun Nov 4 12:20:20 MST 2007
'Proprietor 'is the owner.
So the format is owned, irrespective of whether it is published (even
Th econnection betwen closed source and proprietary is not a given,
though it is often used - falsely as synonymous.
DM Smith wrote:
> On Nov 4, 2007, at 1:15 PM, jonathon wrote:
>> I just looked at the wiki page
>> And under IMP it says: "This proprietary file format is used by Sword
>> for import of all types of modules."
>> Since the API is distributed under the GNU GPL, how can that file
>> format be proprietary?
> I think the term is used correctly.
> It is non-standard. It was developed by the SWORD project and as such
> is the intellectual property of CrossWire and under it's control. At
> any time, the SWORD project may at it's discretion, change the
> format. (Though I doubt it will ever happen.)
> I don't think proprietary means secret and that it does not mean not
> published nor made Free (GPL) or free (cost).
> Also, the inputs to the module creation utilities are well published,
> but it is deliberate that the formats of the modules are not
> published. The internals of the modules is not part of the API.
> People are free to reverse engineer them, but it is far easier to use
> the SWORD API to access the modules.
> Just my 2 cents.
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