[admin] hold it... Re: [linux-audio-dev] New software synthesizer for Linux (free under GPL v. 2)

Frank Barknecht barknech at ph-cip.uni-koeln.de
Thu Sep 26 11:13:01 UTC 2002

guenter geiger hat gesagt: // guenter geiger wrote:

> On Thu, 26 Sep 2002, Martijn Sipkema wrote:
> > I think the question as to whether the "I wish to know that my work will be
> > used to praise the name of Jesus" is part of the license is still valid. The
> > software
> > would be non-free if it is, otherwise it would just be bad taste IMHO.
> AFAIK the GPL doesn't allow to additional restrictions regarding the use
> of the software, therefore in this case the author is clearly violating
> the GPL, hence the software would be basically without a license, and you
> are not even allowed to download it.

But in this case, the license is verbatim GPL v.2 and the
controversial part is just a wish on the authour's website, not an
obligation or a restriction in any way, as far as I read and

So the license of ZynAddSubFX marks it clearly as free software. It's
just, that the author of this software doesn't like it if music
against god is made with his or with any other software: "This will
happen, no matter if you'll use my program, else's program or anything
else against Jesus's name."

One could discuss this a lot, and it sure is quite unusual, but it has
nothing to do with the open-source'ness or the technical merits of his
software, if it's not part of the license, and IMO it isn't.

 Frank Barknecht                               _ ______footils.org__

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