[PD] software license for pd general patch?

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 29 02:36:06 CEST 2010

I don't understand-- why you don't want people to edit the code?  You say "since it is complex," but that 
doesn't make sense to me.

If by "commercial" you mean "proprietary", licensing it as GPL would take care of that (but not the thing 
about editing the code, of course).

Unfortunately, I don't know anything about the CC stuff.


From: João Pais <jmmmpais at googlemail.com>
To: PD-List <pd-list at iem.at>
Sent: Mon, June 28, 2010 8:20:11 PM
Subject: [PD] software license for pd general patch?

Hello all,

I'm doing last touches in a Pd patch that is a general tool to make click
tracks. That can (and hopefully will) be used by any musicians, such as
instrumentalists, conductors, composers, ...

The patch is/will be available free of charge, only paypal donations are
accepted (or suggested). But I'm considering using a different license
than the general BSD license I usually ship my abstractions with. Since
it's a rather complex patch (and if I get any grants to continue to work
on it, it might get even more complex), I would prefer for people not to
edit it too much - although most of the people using it won't be able even
to open the gop.
Another aspect is to prevent anyone to grab the code and do a commercial
version of it. Not that it will happen anytime soon, but it might be a

I was thinking of instead the BSD to use a CC license, the "Attribution No
Derivatives" one - http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/. Basically
something that allows people to disseminate the program (even though is
available online), but without them changing it (or not without my

Does anyone of you has any experience with this, or can suggest a more
efficient way of thinking about this?


João Pais

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