[PD] best licence for pd-patches?

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 23 17:32:54 CEST 2017

> i heard, and then read,  that GPL patches CAN be run in closed source systems running libpd, etc.it's just GPL externals that you can't use without sharing the code.  

Whether this is true or not, I think it's largely irrelevant.
If company X is a reputable company selling proprietary software, their lawyers will consider 
anything licensed "GPL" toxic and avoid it like the plague.
If company X is a disreputable company, they're just going to bundle whatever they want 
regardless of what the license is. See all those cheapo IoT devices that ship patched versions 
of Linux without releasing their changes to the Linux source.
There _might_ be some edge case where a naive but otherwise good-faith developer wants to 
sell proprietary X and tries to "roll their own" interpretation of the GPL to suit their distribution 
case. But applying engineering principles to a legal document will almost always get you whatever 
it is you're looking for, so I'm not sure the license text actually matters that much in such an 
edge case.
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