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Re: [fluid-dev] Another application using FluidSynth announced

From: Element Green
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Another application using FluidSynth announced
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 09:04:01 -0700

On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 12:12 AM, Matt Giuca <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Would the following text be suitable to put on the wiki, and represent the
>> sort-of consensus:
>> === iOS and the App Store ===
>> It is questionable whether iOS and the App Store can fulfil the
>> requirements of the LGPL. From a long thread on the fluid-dev mailinglist
>> [insert link to archive], it was concluded that the developer distributing
>> an application using FluidSynth must fulfil the following conditions:
>>  * He/she must release all changes to the FluidSynth source code under the
>> LGPL.
>>  * He/she must release all other code of the application, either as source
>> or as linkable object files, so that an independent user can relink the
>> application with a different version of FluidSynth.
>> In addition, the App Store distribution mechanism might be incompatible
>> with the LGPL, so the developer risks that Apple chooses to remove the
>> application. To avoid that risk, the developer can choose to distribute his
>> application through e g Cydia.
>> The following FluidSynth copyright holders have agreed not to actively
>> raise complaints against FluidSynth App Store applications, provided the
>> above conditions are met:
>> Peter Hanappe
>> Josh "Element" Green
>> Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas
>> David Henningsson
>> Matt Guica
> Okay, I agree to have my name on that. Except it's "Giuca" not "Guica". (I
> guess it's a wiki so I can always change it.) :)
>> However FluidSynth has a lot of copyright holders, so the above is NOT a
>> guarantee that not any other FluidSynth contributor, or anyone else, won't
>> choose to raise a complaint against Apple for distributing FluidSynth.
> "NOT a guarantee that any other" (remove the second occurrence of "not").
> It may also be prudent to add one or more of the following points:
> The FluidSynth developers are not responsible for any decision made by Apple
> with regards to distribution of software via the App Store.
> Regardless of the exact legality of releasing LGPL code on the App Store,
> Apple is known to be conservative and remove software when in doubt of its
> legal status (e.g., VLC was removed from the App Store due to a complaint
> raised over its GPL license).

All that sounds good to me, so leave my name on it.


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