LinuxSampler license, was Re: [linux-audio-dev] fst, VST 2.0, kontakt
dlphillips at woh.rr.com
Sun Jul 2 18:37:57 UTC 2006
Andreas Kuckartz wrote:
>Dave Phillips or Christian Schoenebeck wrote:
My apologies, the text is Christian's I forgot an end-quote. Just to be
complete, here's the entire message, including Matt Flax's original query :
Am Montag, 5. September 2005 04:40 schrieb Matt Flax:
>> This person brought up an issue where the GPL is tainted by something
>> written in one of the README files.
>> IT is important for free software distributions such ad Debian that if
>> you use a free software license you don't taint it ... I think they are
>> concerned that you are trying to stop commercial use of Linux Sampler,
>> even if the commercial product is GPL based.
>> Is it possible to reword the below to :
>> "This software is distributed under the GNU General Public License (see
>> COPYING file), and may not be used in non GPL based or non GPL
>> commercial applications without asking the authors for permission."
[Christian's response starts here:]
I'm not a license / GPL expert, but wouldn't that sentence simply be
redundant? I mean the GPL forces all derived work to be under GPL as well,
Anyway, about the mentioned commercial exception in general: you can assume
all current tarball releases of LS (up to and including 0.3.3) to be under
pure GPL. It was already released as pure GPL and is already included in many
distributions as pure GPL software, so don't worry about that.
However we thought about changing the license in future to one which is more
restrictive about commercial usage and we already placed those commercial
exception notes just to be sure.
The idea about such a possible new license was to allow "direct" commercial
usage of LS only if the commercial actor supported this or another
(important) open source project either directly by contributing code or
indirectly by funding the respective project. So somebody who supported e.g.
the GCC, ALSA or Jack Audio Connection Kit project might also be allowed to
use LS commercially. "Commercial usage" would of course only mean products
based on LS, it would of course not mean using LS e.g. for commercial music
production or something. Such a license wouldn't mean anything negative for
the user, but might "motivate" or force ;) more people to contribute to this
or another open source project, so personally I would find such a license
more beneficial (than GPL for example) for the open source community in
Unfortunately I haven't found an existing open source license which would
reflect those restrictions. Some even said this wouldn't be an open source
license according to definitions of XY, but personally I think it would. So
maybe we would have to write a new license, like a "Participation License" or
something which might also be used by other projects in future of course.
Anyway, no decision is made as of today. But would be interesting to know what
you people think of it!
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