Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins

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To: Victor Lazzarini <Victor.Lazzarini@...>
Cc: LAD Developers <linux-audio-dev@...>
Date: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 11:34 am

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 7:13 AM, Victor Lazzarini
wrote:

RMS and others within the FSF would appear to like this to be a
complex question. It was always a gray area of GPL2, and originally
GPL3 was going to clear it up before Tivoization became the main focus
of GPL3.

Your question is often asked in reverse - can a GPL'ed host load
non-GPL'ed plugins, and I think that the answer here is extremely
straightforward: yes, if the plugin uses an API which is independent
of any particular host and only interacts with the host via that API.

But I think that in the direction that you asked it then I think its a
little more restrictive, with the same proviso that Chris offered: you
as a user of a GPL'ed plugin can do whatever you want with it,
including load it into a non-GPL host. However, I don't believe that
the developers and/or distributors of the host can arrange for this
happen in any "automatic" way, and would even be skirting a thin line
by packaging their host with GPL'd plugins that would be discovered
automatically.

--p
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[LAD] GPL and plugins, Victor Lazzarini, (Mon Jun 21, 11:11 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Nils Hammerfest, (Mon Jun 21, 1:44 pm)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Paul Davis, (Mon Jun 21, 2:02 pm)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Gabriel M. Beddingfield, (Mon Jun 21, 11:40 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Ralf Mardorf, (Mon Jun 21, 11:50 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Paul Davis, (Mon Jun 21, 11:34 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Victor Lazzarini, (Mon Jun 21, 6:20 pm)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Albert Graef, (Tue Jun 22, 12:21 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Paul Davis, (Tue Jun 22, 12:28 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Albert Graef, (Tue Jun 22, 1:55 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Paul Davis, (Tue Jun 22, 2:10 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, drew Roberts, (Tue Jun 22, 1:48 pm)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Chris Cannam, (Tue Jun 22, 8:24 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Victor Lazzarini, (Tue Jun 22, 8:22 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Chris Cannam, (Tue Jun 22, 8:32 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Luis Garrido, (Mon Jun 21, 7:47 pm)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Victor Lazzarini, (Mon Jun 21, 8:16 pm)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Paul Davis, (Mon Jun 21, 8:28 pm)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Victor Lazzarini, (Mon Jun 21, 8:43 pm)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Chris Cannam, (Mon Jun 21, 7:34 pm)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Victor Lazzarini, (Mon Jun 21, 8:10 pm)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Luis Garrido, (Tue Jun 22, 1:08 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Albert Graef, (Tue Jun 22, 2:02 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Chris Cannam, (Mon Jun 21, 8:31 pm)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Chris Cannam, (Mon Jun 21, 11:23 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Julien 'Lta' BALLET, (Mon Jun 21, 11:34 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Paul Davis, (Mon Jun 21, 11:44 am)
Re: [LAD] GPL and plugins, Julien Claassen, (Mon Jun 21, 11:20 am)