SWF - Licensing


Adobe makes available a partial specification of SWF. The document is claimed to be missing "huge amounts" of information needed to completely implement SWF, omitting specifications for RTMP and Sorenson Spark. However, the RTMP specification was released publicly in June 2009, and the Sorenson Spark codec is not Adobe's property. Until May 1, 2008, implementing software that plays SWF was disallowed by the specification's license. On that date, as part of its Open Screen Project, Adobe dropped all such restrictions on the SWF and FLV formats. However, the SWF specification was released under a very restrictive license:

This manual may not be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated, or converted to any electronic or machine-readable form in whole or in part without written approval from Adobe Systems Incorporated.

Implementing software which creates SWF files has always been permitted, on the condition that the resulting files render "error free in the latest publicly available version of Adobe Flash Player."

GNU has started developing a free software SWF player called Gnash under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Another player is the GNU LGPL Swfdec. However, GNU does not provide financial support for either project.

Scaleform GFx is a commercial alternative SWF player that features full hardware acceleration using the GPU and has high conformance up to Flash 8 and AS2. Scaleform GFx is licensed as a game middleware solution and used by many PC and console 3D games for user interfaces, HUDs, mini games, and video playback.

Read more about this topic:  SWF

Other articles related to "licensing":

List Of Copyright Collection Societies - North America - United States
... Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Christian Copyright Licensing International Christian Video Licensing International Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) SoundExchange ...
Motion Picture Licensing Corporation - History
... the mid-1980s, MGM pioneered a new form of public performance copyright licensing by physically distributing videocassettes which included public performance rights ... The concept of blanket licensing was reestablished, and the MPLC began to issue the Umbrella License® in the later part of 1987 as an independent licensing agency representing numerous motion ...
Licensing Executives Society-Arab Countries - "ACIPLP" Certificate
... The Arab Certified IP Licensing Practitioner "ACIPLP" certificate program is the only program of its kind in the Arab world that is accredited by the Licensing ...
Licensing Executives Society-Arab Countries - Establishment
... The Licensing Executives Society-Arab Countries (LES-AC) was established under the name "Arab Licensing and Technology Transfer Society (ALTTS)" in 1997 and since its establishment, ALTTS had ... Accordingly, the new name of the Society became the Licensing Executives Society–Arab Countries (LES-AC) ...