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

From: Antoine Schmitt
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Another application using FluidSynth announced
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 23:58:57 +0200

Hi all,
I've been following this complex debate, and everything eventually became clear to me when Peter voiced his position.

So I agree to the following text, please put my name on the list as a contributor to FluidSynth (mainly the sequencer).

Thank you

Le 15 sept. 11 à 18:04, Element Green a écrit :

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
* 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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