NVDA and Eloquence

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 07:36:36 -0400

I am trying to understand the legal issues around use of NVDA with the Eloquence speech installed with JAWS. I have heard that it is technically easy to make this work, thereby substantially improving the NVDA experience. On the blind-mozilla list, however, it was stated that this is absolutely illegal to do, and even discussion of the topic was prohibited on the list. I did not realize this was such a controversial topic, but trust that we can at least discuss it here, being careful as appropriate not to encourage particular actions.

As I think we know, just because a company says that some activity is an impermissible use of software does not make it so. For example, I have heard of the "Jailbreak" issue with the iPhone, and that this has been deemed legal by an authoritative body, despite initial protests by a company. Am I understanding that right?

So, I am interested in any official statement that asserts the illegality of using Eloquence with NVDA. Can someone point me to a web page?

Please understand that I am not encouraging such activity, especially since my knowledge of the topic is limited at present. I do think, however, that if people are being told that something is absolutely illegal that they deserve some kind of authoritative reference for that assertion, given the corresponding implication that one would be a criminal to do so.

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