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License conditions Re: aDesigner - was Re: Bobby - a bad tool

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 06:03:11 -0500 (CDT)
Message-ID: <2329.>
To: "Phill Jenkins" <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

I read the license. As I understand it, I am allowed to use this for a
maximum of 90 days from the time I install it (which is where I agree to
the license), and only for testing it, not for any actual usage. In
fulfilling the license I am also required to keep a record of when I have
copied it.

Furthermore, if IBM releases some commercial product based on this, my
right to use it expires immediately, and I have to buy the comercial

At the end of either 90 days or the release of commercial product by IBM I
have ten days to remove this from my system.

Then there are a set of conditions that apply according to the country I
was in when I downloaded the software. In general they specify particular
courts where we agree to handle any legal dispute over the software or
license, and occasionally they add notes pointing out that the general
conditions of teh warranty are not valid in some jurisdictions.

Since I only intend to evaluate the thing, this seems fine. But anyone
who, for example, wanted their university web designers to use it in order
to produce more accessible production content, would be in violation of
the license, and liable for damages (likely to be the cost of any
comercial version or commercial license).

Does this sound right, or did I miss something?



Charles McCathieNevile           charles@sidar.org

<quote who="Phill Jenkins">
> I won't comment on the other tools, but I do need to let you all know
> about a new kind of a tool from IBM alphaWorks called aDesigner.  It does
> things no other tools do.  It simulates barriers experienced by people who
> have disabilities so that Web designers can ensure that their pages are
> accessible and usable.
> It is available for evaluation from
> http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/adesigner
> Besides the IBM alphaWorks forum discussions, Jim Thatcher has posted the
> only other opinion about it that I know of.
>  http://www.jimthatcher.com/news.htm
> btw, although Jim says: "It's free", please read the alphaWorks license
> which let's you evaluate it, not deploy it into production.
> Regards,
> Phill Jenkins
> IBM Worldwide Accessibility Center
> http://www.ibm.com/able
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