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

Lars Luthman lars.luthman at
Mon Jul 3 21:31:09 UTC 2006

On Tue, 2006-07-04 at 03:51 +0700, Patrick Shirkey wrote:
> It's still entirely legal for others to speculate though... If we ask 
> questions and you don't answer then maybe that's legal too...
> It seems to me that some company tried to use the work done by the LS 
> team without giving anything/much in return. The strange appearance of 
> the modification to the GPL in the LS README seems like a direct 
> response to the situation that occured when things didn't work out for 
> the LS team with regards to this mystery company.

That does not explain why the authors signed an NDA. I think it is more
likely that the "mystery company" had a (possibly vague and unlikely to
hold up in court, but what free software author could afford to take it
to court anyway) patent on some technique used by LinuxSampler, and
threatened them with a lawsuit if the authors didn't make sure that
LinuxSampler couldn't be used by some commercial competitor to the
mystery company, and promised not to mention anything about the whole

> [snip]
> Hence why I enjoy working with Linux Audio. Where the real bastards are 
> few and far between.

But we are still here!

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