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 - 11:40 am

On Mon, 21 Jun 2010, Victor Lazzarini wrote:

> A simple question: can GPL plugins be loaded into non-free hosts?

This was discussed last year on this list, so it would be
worthwhile searching the archives. (Yes, I know that
searching LAD takes perseverence. :-))

According to the FSF,[1] the answer is no because it's
dynamic linking. BTW, I'm pretty sure their answer is
more black-and-white today than it was last year.

However, isn't this the whole point of using plugins?? To
allow this sort of thing? So, I think the FSF's opinion is
still up for debate. In addition, I doubt most plugin
authors will get upset with someone doing this.

Things get less cloudy if the plugin author(s) give special
permission for this (see, for example [2]).

Chris is also right: This is not an end-user issue. This
is a host author, plugin author, and software distributor
issue.

-gabriel

[1] http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#NFUseGPLPlugins
[2] http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/documentation/licensing.html
Down toward the end where it mentions Totem's exception
for hosts, and again waaaay at the end where it mentions
the FSF.

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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)