Re: [linux-audio-dev] fst, VST 2.0, kontakt

From: Thomas Vecchione <seablaede@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Fri Jun 30 2006 - 07:52:30 EEST

Hmm you may be right if it is kept in a purely binary form, any use with
open source technology with the GPL though would require it not be
distributed as per this section of the licensing terms...

The Licensee has no permission to sell, licence, give-away and/or
distribute the VST PlugIn Interface technology or parts of it in anyway,
on any medium, including the Internet, to any other person, including
sub-licensors of the Licensee or companies where the Licensee has any
involvement. This includes re-working this specification, or
reverse-engineering any products based upon this specification.

As such it would not be able to be transfered with Lash on which FST
depends according to its webpage. So to distribute a binary version of
FST would violate the GPL license on Lash as well.

The thing about changing a license on open source projects is the fact
that many developers submit their code under the GPL if the project is
licensed under the GPL. As such in order to change it you have to get
permission from all of those developers to use their code with a
different license.

At least that is my understanding of all of this. As such if all
projects involved were licensed under the LGPL and the work was released
as a pre-compiled lib to link to I THINK(Key word) it would be legal.
Getting to that point however is extraordinarily difficult though. Add
on top of that though it would have to be statically linked to prevent
api breakage on other projects like Wine(Which is LGPL I believe) and
each version of wine tends to run plugins through FST to varying degrees
of success, resulting in many people using very specific versions of
wine to compile fst with, not just the most recent, as I am sure you are
aware from previous posts you have made.

Received on Fri Jun 30 08:15:08 2006

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