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[Bug 22969] New: Clarify influence/reference to OpenAL, IPR considerations

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Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 08:39:43 +0000
To: public-audio@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-22969-5429@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=22969

            Bug ID: 22969
           Summary: Clarify influence/reference to OpenAL, IPR
                    considerations
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: AudioWG
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Web Audio API
          Assignee: crogers@google.com
          Reporter: olivier.thereaux@bbc.co.uk
        QA Contact: public-audio@w3.org

The Web Audio API makes several references (mostly in informational text) about
OpenAL and the spec editor has often mentioned it as one of the inspirations
for the architecture of the API.

OpenAL was “ done in spirit of open source and implementations distributed in
LGPL“ but the licensing/IPR is not clear - and most of the people involved with
OpenAL have since moved on.

The Audio WG should review the current spec and assess whether:

* Whether the web audio API is significantly inspired by Open AL
* Whether OpenAL should be formally referred to in the specification
* Depending on the above, whether there are any IPR concerns in the
architectural lineage between OpenAL and WebAudioAPI

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