In reply to Sandy Fleming

Jonathan duncanjonathan at YAHOO.CA
Tue May 29 21:22:35 UTC 2007

Valerie Sutton wrote:
> SignWriting List
> May 29, 2007
> On May 28, 2007, at 10:49 PM, GerardM wrote:
>> It seems obvious to me that with SignWriting seeking more people to
>> write their sign language, it is relevant to allow people use the
>> SignWriting characters and fonts, the software  and material as
>> freely as possible. In this way you grow an ecosystem that will be of
>> benefit to the whole community. It seems to me that SignWriting is
>> the best defence that sign languages have. It gains strength in the
>> number of people able to write and promote their sign language.
> Sandy, Gerard, Steve, Everyone -
> I think it is wonderful that Sandy wants to do his software! NO ONE is
> restricting Sandy or anyone to do their software. Of course it is
> obvious that everyone must be "allowed" to use fact I
> am begging everyone to use SignWriting.
> PLEASE use SignWriting! There are no restrictions or limitations. I
> never created any. If someone thinks there are limitations, they are
> creating them in their own mind....
> The very purpose of SignWriting is to be used by millions of people
> free and open, just as the Roman Alphabet is...
> This idea of licenses is creating as many problems as it is
> solving...making people feel like some how they will be excluded from
> the SignWriting family...NEVER. All are welcome.
> I am worried that someone will feel like a license keeps them from
> using SignWriting, even when it states that it is open and free. That
> is why I absolutely must write a personal and encouraging and open
> letter to the general public, and place it on our web sites, in which
> I explain in plain English that SignWriting is free for you and
> everyone to use.
> So Sandy, I just want to be sure that you know you are welcome to
> develop your software!
> OK. Next week I will try to write that open letter to everyone -
> And I hope everyone will relax about this issue. I am beginning to
> think that maybe it should be in the Public else can we
> encourage people to use SignWriting? You all assume that I have
> copyrighted everything...but actually I haven't...but it seems like no
> one believes me!
Not ALL of us.  Though at one time I did wonder.  You have made it clear
you want us to use SignWriting and we WILL!!! :-)     Just a
suggestion.  Make a link to the first page of the website to

YES! Questions and Answers about Trademarks

and also on the pages where the IMWA is downloaded.  This should help
anybody who is thinking about making a derived work.  For most of us it
should be enough.

Just to let you know, my program is coming along slowly but surely. 
> And I don't want to waste the years I have left to live on the earth,
> worrying about limitations, when SignWriting is limitless...
Yes, keep up your constructive work!!!  It is very appreciate world


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