[PD] PiDiP's legal status

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Mon Jan 16 20:04:33 CET 2006

On Mon, 16 Jan 2006, rainer kohlberger wrote:

> can pdp_icedthe~ be used for 8 streams (320x240, no sound)
> simultaneously? what computing power would be necessary, you guess? is
> icegast able to run 2 videos full-screen on 2 displays that are
> connected to PCI-graphic cards on a pentium ~1.5ghz? (vlc did on windows
> while gem failed).

Please note that PiDiP is legally muddy. At best, it's non-free software, 
and at worst, it's illegal to distribute it.

This is because it has two licences and no mention that the user can pick
either, so by default all licenses must apply at once, and because those
two licenses are conflicting. It's licensed under both the GPL and a
modified SIBSD license. Normally, GPL and SIBSD are compatible, but the 
extra PiDiP-specific clause is conflicting with the GPL.

The PiDiP-specific clause is also conflicting with the FSD (Free Software
Definition) and the OSD (Open-Source Definition): this is what is 
prompting Hans to remove PiDiP from the pd-extended installers.

For more information you may read the pd-dev archives starting December 
30th, 2005.


also pd-ot:


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