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    As Escient has changed the terms of licence for accessing CDDB, some programmers complained that the new licence includes certain terms that threatens them in a way they 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...).
    Update (March 2001): Gracenote (which is the new name of CDDB) has now banned all unlicensed applications from accessing their database. New licenses for CDDB1 are not available anymore, as they obviously want to force programmers to switch to CDDB2.

    Always being able to choose is one of the advantages of 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 license was GPL (see: www.gnu.org for more information on GPL).

    Everything submitted to this site will be GPL'ed!

      

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