I know that according to a question asked by another user here Are the Apple text-to-speech voices copyrighted?

"No other use of the System Voices is permitted by this License, including but not limited to the use, reproduction, display, performance, recording, publishing or redistribution of any of the System Voices in a profit, non-profit, public sharing or commercial context."

But what is that License? Is it a patent or is it copyright? What kind of protection does the license include? At what point do these protections actually limit use?

I am considering Radiohead's Fitter Happier song for instance.

  • Where did you get that quote about the license? Can you post a link to it?
    – fsb
    Nov 13 '19 at 18:44
  • Yes! I found it here on stack exchange. I'll update the question as well.
    – Jss
    Nov 13 '19 at 18:47

The License that is referred to is the Software License Agreement for macOS. It is not a patent or a copyright, it is a software license.

The license agreements protects the licensor in the sense that he has given the licensee permission to use the product in a limited form - for example as in this specific example only for creating original content and projects for personal, non-commercial use.

The license agreements limits use by making it possible for the licensor to sue the licensee for infringing their rights.

Note that the licensor does not have to offer everyone the same license rights. It is perfectly possible that you have bought a license to use the product only for personal, non-commercial use - while other's have bought licenses for global distribution of their project with commercial intent. The price would probably be higher in that case.

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