[PD] Can you close source of Pd patches (for commercial development)?

Miller Puckette msp at ucsd.edu
Sat May 7 18:53:46 CEST 2016

In fact Max uses some Pd code inside it.  I released Pd under BSD license
partly to encourage that possibility.

Pd is also used as part of game audio engines (I think the first game to use
it was Spore, perhaps 10 years ago).

So leverage away.  Your tax money pays my salary (at least, if you live in
California it does :) so the product is there for you to use as you wish.


On Sat, May 07, 2016 at 07:14:49PM +0300, Matti Viljamaa wrote:
> I think if Pd was viable for many different users, it would be more attractive.
> Commercial software is sometimes better quality than open source / free. Which can lend to better tools being developed for the platform since there’s a commercial incentive.
> Wonder e.g. why the Max platform is more popular, even if its commercial. Commerciality isn’t stopping people from using it.
> -Matti
> On May 7, 2016, at 12:08 PM, Pagano, Patrick <pat at digitalworlds.ufl.edu <mailto:pat at digitalworlds.ufl.edu>> wrote:
> > So like you'd use like years and years and years of open source development for like your own personal gain? 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Patrick Pagano B.S, M.F.A
> > Interactive Media & Education
> > +1352.226.2016
> > https://patrickrpagano.wordpress.com/ <https://patrickrpagano.wordpress.com/>
> > 
> > 
> > On May 7, 2016, at 11:47 AM, Matti Viljamaa <mviljamaa at kapsi.fi <mailto:mviljamaa at kapsi.fi>> wrote:
> > 
> >> I’ve been thinking about the feasibility of leveraging Pd as a development platform for commercial patches. Sort of like some (e.g. Twisted Tools) are using Reaktor for developing commercial-grade plug-ins.
> >> But instead of Reaktor I could rather use Pd, because it’s a more open platform.
> >> 
> >> But if the development is for commercial purposes, there would need to be some sort of mechanism for closing the source. Is this possible or something worth looking at?
> >> 
> >> -Matti
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