[linux-audio-dev] GPL and VST.

Vincent Touquet vincent.touquet at pandora.be
Sat Jun 7 08:47:01 UTC 2003

What I do know about this, is that it is illegal from the VST SDK
license point of view to redistribute their headers with some GPL sources, 
so the end user has to download the SDK with the headers included, to be able
to compile your plugin with VST support, if you license it GPL.

I don't think that is a showstopper, it is only a nuisance.



PS: please consider creating a ladspa plugin from your sources: 
http://www.ladspa.org/ , information about its API can be found
at http://www.linuxdj.com/audio/lad/resourcesapi.php3
There you can also find info about JACK, which is a great low latency
audio connection toolkit (that way you can test your plugin by linking
it to the audio stream of say a soft synth or some stuff you recorded).

On Sat, Jun 07, 2003 at 01:48:35PM +0200, Torgeir Strand Henriksen wrote:
>A friend and I have made a VST plugin as a college project, and would
>like to open source it, and possibly port it to other plugin APIs. We
>are considering the GNU GPL for our licence, which has lead to this
>question: Does VST count as a special exception of being "anything that
>is normally distributed (in either source or binary form) with the major
>components (compiler, kernel, and so on) of the operating system on
>which the executable runs, unless that component itself accompanies the
>executable," or should we follow the suggestion about [1]controlled
>interfaces in the GPL FAQ?
>Torgeir Strand Henriksen <torgshen at stud.iet.hist.no>

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