Re: CDDB over HTTP support now in gtcd
- From: James Henstridge <james daa com au>
- To: Raja R Harinath <harinath cs umn edu>
- cc: Gnome List <gnome-list gnome org>, "Tim P. Gerla" <timg means net>
- Subject: Re: CDDB over HTTP support now in gtcd
- Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 11:54:30 +0800 (WST)
There also seems to be a freecddb.org as well, which doesn't give as much
info as the freedb.org. I don't know which one has a larger database
though (I think they both use the database from before the licence
changes). I can't make the change to the default for gtcd, since I don't
maintain the program. Tim P. Gerla (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the maintainer,
and if a default like that is going to be changed, you will have to
convince him (I got permission before adding the http feature for
I got the information about the http access method from the cddb website,
but never saw any licence information (not even a click through one, or a
licence at the top of the protocol document), so I don't think the code is
bound by any of escient's licences.
One thing I don't get about the escient licence (about not using any other
cddb-like data sources) is, if the cddb host is configurable, what should
the author do? Check to make sure the hostname is cddb.com?
Since gtcd is GPL'd, I suppose in principle we should be supporting
freedb.org. I only wonder about the size of its database in comparison to
On 17 Apr 1999, Raja R Harinath wrote:
> James Henstridge <email@example.com> writes:
> > If you wanted to use the cddb functionality of gtcd to get track listings
> > but are behind a firewall, try checking out the latest CVS version of
> > gnome-media. I have added support for using cddb over http (including use
> > of an http proxy).
> > In order for it to work correctly, you will need to install libghttp (the
> > gnome-http module on CVS, or the libghttp and libghttp-devel RPMs). After
> > that, just configure and make and install the gnome-media package. On the
> > CDDB Settings page in the preferences window, click on the use http check
> > box.
> I guess the next change will be to default to freedb.freedb.org rather
> than cddb.com -- here's why (from the freedb page):
> As Escient has been changed the terms of licence for accessing
> CDDB, some programmers complained that the new licence
> includes certain terms that threatens them in a way thay
> cannot accept: If you want to access CDDB, you are not allowed
> to access any other CDDB-like database (this one, for example)
> and - while accessing the database - the programmer has to
> ensure, that a CDDB-logo is displayed (Funny sidenote: One
> programmer told me, that his cd-player will be banned if he is
> refusing to display the CDDB-logo. His software is a
> console-based program (it does not produce any graphical
> output) for blind people...).
> Always being able to choose is one of the advantages if the
> internet. If Escient forbids the use of other sources now, you
> can easily think of things coming next...
> Furthermore, many people submitted the information without
> charging anybody and they thought their help would remain
> free, because the initital licence was GPL (see: www.gnu.org
> for more information on GPL).
> I couldn't verify the license first hand, but a search on /. will
> probably give you enough info.
> - Hari
> Raja R Harinath ------------------------------ firstname.lastname@example.org
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