In the early 2004 I started a debate on Persian Computing
list on how people are infringing copyright of Aryanpur Dictionary data by packaging it in dictionary applications for free download, or even maybe by providing online dictionary service based on this data which seems to be widely copied and assumed
to be in public domain
I couldn't stop any of them from doing so, and we even exchanged some bad words a couple times. But now things look a bit different: Yesterday Dr Manoochehr Aryanpur-Kashani, one of the authors of the dictionary and several other dictionaries, and was wondering how I got interested in the issue. To me it sounds like a great success, for at least we finally have an access to him. I'm going to ask him to:
- Give me permission to follow up the infringement issue. Then I will contact University of Columbia and ask them to remove the dictionary hosted there by Dr Pedram Safari,
- Ask him consider putting this widely pirated data in public-domain,
- Publish a GPLed Persian word list,
- Consider providing dictionary web service (of course I can arrange for all the technical part).
I will write down the whole story with links to the posts and everything later for the records.