From: Michael D'Errico (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Dec 18 2009 - 10:51:39 CST
Doug Ewell wrote:
> ... So suppose I want to implement BOCU-1 from scratch, possibly in
> an attempt to speed up encoding or decoding? Can't do it without asking
> IBM for a license. (Note that I haven't actually looked at the ICU code
> to see if it is already optimally fast. You get the point.)
They wouldn't give you a license anyway.
I did implement a BOCU-1 encoder and decoder around May 2006 and sent a
fax to IBM requesting a license. They asked for clarification as to what
company I worked for so they could grant the license to the company. When
I told them that it was for me personally, they stopped corresponding.
I related my experience to this mailing list in January 2007, and it caught
the attention of some people high up in the UTC. They tried to help me
acquire a license from IBM, but the person I was dealing with at IBM once
again just stopped corresponding with me.
The UTC tried to get me to work with yet two more IBM people, and I said
to just forget it. Clearly they don't want to give out licenses as they
had stated they would.
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