[ogg-dev] Ambisonics und OggPCM

Arc arc at Xiph.org
Mon Nov 14 17:17:09 PST 2005

On Tue, Nov 15, 2005 at 09:44:43AM +1100, Jean-Marc Valin wrote:
> Sorry, but that fork took over now. As I mentioned in the last email,
> your version needs to be renamed ArcPCM to reflect the fact that it's a
> mix of Pulse Code Modulation with your ego.

No.  I started OggPCM, since it was never proposed to Xiph.org it remains my 
trademark until which time it is accepted by Xiph and by myself for release. 

It would be similar to me releasing Speex v2.0 - it is not my right, because you 
used and promoted the name first, and that makes it yours.  If I were to fork 
Speex I would be legally required to change the name of my fork.

One thing you have missed, prehaps, is that the purpose of OggPCM is to work 
with my Ogg convience library, I already have code which uses the earlier draft 
of OggPCM, and will release my library with or without Xiph in a matter of days.

You want to consider me a dangerous threat?  View me as enemy?  While I don't 
view myself as such, or you as such, your beliefs to this effect will lead you 
to great acts of stupidity.  This is a uniform truth of people who start viewing 
their allies as enemies, and I can only hope you're smart enough to see that.

To repeat, until which time I have handed the project over, or which time other 
arragements have happened, I reserve an exclusive trademark on the name.

I do not need Xiph approval to release a codec which uses Ogg, if Xiph were to 
make a decidion otherwise it'd have a chilling effect on further 3rd party 
contributions to the Ogg framework from outside Xiph.

Your disrespect for myself and my contributions have led to this.  Just because 
I suddenly have something shiney that interests you doesn't give you the right 
to scream "pretty - mine - you too stupid to have" and snatch it.  It's theft, 
blatently so, and you can be damned sure I'm going to be vocal about it even if 
I don't have enough interest to take it to court.

What that leads to for myself, or my further ability to work with Xiph, will be 
in direct line with how widely your views are shared within the organization.  


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 to allow each to be what she and he can be,
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