Joined: Sep. 2004
||Posted: Sep. 28 2004,1:39 pm
|Quote (PC Medic @ Sep. 28 2004,12:40 pm)|
|Just curious, what issues are arising over there with regards to the .gpx/.loc files ?|
I am neither a true geek nor a lawyer, so please don't take my impressions as the final truth. There is a discussion on Buxley's, and related issues, regularly attended by Groundspeak admins and personell, in their general forum.
It appears that their legal agreements have been amended to incude, among other nasty stuff, some intentionally vague language about data formats.
Among the banned activities are:
- disassembling and reverse-engineering of their XML formats by 3rd party applications
- using their namespaces for non-Groundspeak data
People on the thread pointed to (mildly speaking) inconsistencies in their approach. E.g. they promote GSAK which is relying on GPSbabel, and the latter is a 3rd party tool for "disassembling" blah blah. The junior members of Groundspeak team responded to this saying that while they aren't lawyers, they assure that Groundspeak won't prosecute certain specific, and common, kinds of "violations".
Then somebody mentioned Navicache, and at this point Jeremy interjected, in a starkingly different tone. Jeremy was basically implying that their legal language is purposedly vague, and that they may enforce it selectively, only against those he doesn't like. He was like "Hire your own lawyers, I am not gonna make your life any easier by promising that we won't prosecute this or that".