bgilbert at cs.cmu.edu
Sun Nov 16 07:55:22 EST 2014
On 11/16/2014 05:20 AM, Yves Sucaet wrote:
> I can confirm that it *is* an open format. Zeiss has specifications
> on their website
I just checked, and downloading the specifications still requires assent
to a click-through license agreement that prohibits disclosure to third
parties. The license agreement also includes this statement:
# You have no license to use the “CZI documentation” to write data into
# CZI files.
This so-called "field-of-use restriction" is incompatible with open
formats, as is the non-disclosure agreement. It's great that Zeiss have
produced documentation for CZI and offered to license it to arbitrary
third parties; many vendors do not even do that much. But CZI is *not*
an open format.
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