[PD] Percolate

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Fri Mar 9 04:45:55 CET 2007

On Mar 8, 2007, at 6:16 PM, Thomas Grill wrote:

> Am 09.03.2007 um 00:03 schrieb Tim Blechmann:
>> On Thu, 2007-03-08 at 23:37 +0100, Thomas Grill wrote:
>>>> Is Flext based externals, which need be GPL externals, violating  
>>>> the
>>>> GPL when used as Max/MSP externals? If so, and if the GPL is not
>>>> violated when using the Flext based externals with Pd, then it  
>>>> makes
>>>> sense in my head to distinguish between binary and source wrt
>>>> violation against the GPL. But Flext might have a clause that
>>>> catches
>>>> just that?
>>> To my mind, flext-based Max externals would only violate the GPL, if
>>> they were shipped closed-source with Max.
>>> If the are GPL'd as well and installed by the user, i don't see
>>> why this
>>> should be a problem.
>> although i don't really like this clause, the following  
>> description is
>> quite clear:
>> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#GPLPluginsInNF
> I knew about this one, but i don't think that this is applicable if
> there is no actual distribution of the non-GPLd program with GPLd
> plugins.
> I might be wrong, though. Anyway, i don't care much - if the GPL is
> odd enough to violate against such usage i would consider a different
> license. Idealism gone.

Its a catch22 in the license, but it would only be a problem if the  
copyright holder enforces it.  If you are the copyright holder, and  
you don't decide to enforce that particular part of the license, then  
there is no other problem.


> greetings,
> Thomas
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