[LAU] VST and legal issues
schivmeister at gmail.com
Sun Nov 23 08:37:58 EST 2008
*- Building Ardour, Qtractor, LMMS with VST-support is illegal, right?
*No. *Distributing* these packages (that were built with the official VST
SDK) is illegal.
- And energyxt? Are they allowed to use VST technology?*
- Installing JOST and using it, is illegal right?*
*No* to the rest of the questions too.
As a user, you have all the rights to build and use a program with VST
support. You must not distribute it, *a la* "share".
The SDK is "freely available", but the license forbids "redistribution".
What this means is that everyone is a developer in that sense; you download
the SDK, build the program, and then use it, end of story/signal flow.
There are "wrappers" that work around this, basically an application written
from scratch to use Wine and emulate VST handles. An example is LMMS - you
can distribute it and still enjoy VST support. The best route IMHO.
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