[PD] software license for pd general patch?
matju at artengine.ca
Tue Jun 29 17:14:08 CEST 2010
On Tue, 29 Jun 2010, Roman Haefeli wrote:
> b) A Pd patch is not easily turned into closed-source for technical
If you start from the Open-Source Definition and Free Software Definition,
you will find that it's easy to step outside of the definition and that it
doesn't have that much to do with whether the source code is "readable" or
A Pd Patch being readable is easy to turn into closed-source in legal
ways : you just have to say « you don't have the right to distribute your
modifications without our permission » and POOF!!, that's closed-source.
The Definitions above have been written by their respective organisms in
order to peel off the layers of confusion between free-of-charge and
freedom. It was about making a clear distinction between libre and
almost-libre licenses of all kinds.
Compilation is not a form of encryption. What can be compiled can be
decompiled, and while it's not the source anymore, it's a quite close
relative of it, and what once was C code can be turned back into some
similar C code. The main "encryption" being used, in practice, is the
Optimiser... When you compile using gcc -O3, you get a much more
complicated executable, which is also more distant from the source, than
if you compile with gcc -O0.
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