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Re: [fluid-dev] Some Questions About FluidSynth MIDI Player

From: Josh Green
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Some Questions About FluidSynth MIDI Player
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 10:18:38 -0700

Hey Julien,

Just some more clarity on licenses..  First, FluidSynth is under the
LGPL.  Indeed the GPL does not forbid incorporation in a commercial
product, as long as the source code is not linked or included directly
in another program (i.e., it is used as a stand alone application).  The
LPGL on the other hand permits linking as a shared library.  At any
rate, I don't think we should turn the FluidSynth list into a discussion
on licenses, beyond the scope of FluidSynth ;)  As a side note though, I
think originally LinuxSampler had an additional custom clause in its
license that forbid any sort of commercial use (perhaps this is no
longer the case?).  I remember some controversy over this, since that
could indeed also forbid distribution by Linux distribution companies.
Since Benno is a copyright holder of the software, he has the right to
re-license its use, to be used in a commercial application.

Best regards,

On Tue, 2008-09-30 at 18:42 +0200, Julien Claassen wrote:
> Hi!
>    I think fluidsynth is GPL as well. and if I'm not wrong - having had and 
> heard endless discussions on linux audio users and developers mailinglists - 
> GPL does not forbid incorporation in a commercial product. that why 
> LinuxSampler isn't exactly GPL, because Benno Senona has his own commercial 
> product, in which he incorporates LinuxSampler. So this should be no problem.
>    Kindest regards
>           Julien
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