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Can I use speech audio files created with the voice "ZiraPro"(Microsoft Speech Platform) in a commercial app? RRS feed

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  • I am developing software for commercial use. The software will be free. But it will display advertising and this way i intend to make money from the software.

    My software has a speech option that requires the use of the voice "ZiraPro" which is included in the Microsoft Speech Platform.

    To build this option, I created a speech audio files (Based on the voice ZiraPro). and then i embedded the audio files in the exe of the software. the audio files are saved as wav format.

    so when my software says something, it just plays a embedded wav file (Which makes the speech).

    Everything works fine.

    But I have a legal question:
    Do I have the permission to use this voice in this way and for this purpose and use?
    Is what I've done is allowed?

    More information about my software:
    1) the software will not require any installation. The software is provided as a single exe.
    2) Software will not stores its settings somewhere in the operating system.
    Software settings are stored in a text file named Settings.txt.
    The configuration file is created in the same place where you have the exe file of the software.

    3) Tge Software will not makes changes to windows without user consent.

    4) The Software is planned work only on Win XP , Vista , Windows 7 , Windows 8 & 8.2 and probably in Windows 9.

    Thank you.
    Gil


    Thursday, January 9, 2014 7:33 PM

Answers

  • Gil,

    Since English is not your native language, the support you get in the English US forums will be of little use, and potentially open you up to legal issues (we are not lawyers).

    I'd go here, and select your country to get support from the proper Microsoft office

    http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/

    Karl


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    Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:43 PM

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  • Gil,

    The 'Microsoft Speech Platform SDK 11 License.rtf" that is part of the download should answer your question: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=27226

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    Thursday, January 9, 2014 9:15 PM
  • Thank you for the attitude.
    But before I opened this question, I read this document and have not figured out the answer.

    English is not my native language so it's hard for me to understand these legal documents.

    I wish you would write me the answer in simple words.

    Thank you.
    Gil.
    Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:19 PM
  • Gil,

    Since English is not your native language, the support you get in the English US forums will be of little use, and potentially open you up to legal issues (we are not lawyers).

    I'd go here, and select your country to get support from the proper Microsoft office

    http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/

    Karl


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:43 PM