[LAD] [LAU] zitaretuner

Kjetil Matheussen k.s.matheussen at gmail.com
Sat Oct 11 11:51:49 UTC 2014

> On 10-10-2014 21:14, Fons Adriaensen wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > Today I got an email of a user asking me to help him make a plugin
> > called 'zitaretuner' work. I never wrote such a plugin, and I didn't
> > even know it existed. So I can't help this user.
> >
> > Of course this made me curious, and I managed to get a copy of
> > the source code of this lv2 plugin. And I wasn't very amused.
> >
> > As expected it's based on zita-at1, and again a complete disaster.
> >
> > The DSP code of zita-at1 is written as a neat self-contained C++
> > class with a very clean interface, and this is done explicitly to
> > make it re-usable.
> >
> > But instead of re-using it, the author of the plugin decided to
> > rewrite it in C, and combine it in the same source file with parts
> > of libzitaresampler (instead of using that as a library as it is
> > meant to), and with whatever is required to turn it into an lv2.
> > The whole thing is just a single source file.
> >
> > The same author (who is know only as 'jg') didn't bother to add
> > a decent GUI, relying on the plugin host to create one. That means
> > for example that the note selection buttons (which also double as
> > 'current note' indicators in zita-at1), are replaced by faders.
> > Only $GOD knows what they are supposed to control.
> >
> > And as a final topping on the cake, that whole crappy thing is
> > presented as if I were the author of it all. No mention at all
> > that things have been modified, and by whom or why. This alone
> > is a clear violation of the license under which zita-at1 was
> > released. And whoever did it doesn't even have the courage to
> > identify him/herself.
> >
> > I've complained about this sort of thing before, and this time
> > I'm really pissed. So let one thing be clear: I will never again
> > release any code under a license that allows this sort of thing
> > to happen.
I can understand you are very angry about this. Does GPL
really allow someone to use someone else's GPL code,
release it, and pretend everything was written by the original
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