[Ardour-Dev] VST and binaries

Edgar Aichinger edogawa at aon.at
Sat Mar 8 06:21:30 PST 2008

Am Samstag, 8. März 2008 schrieb John Emmas:
> Whenever I compile Ardour, a file gets generated (called PACKAGER_README)
> which states that developers must not distribute Ardour in binary form with
> VST support enabled.  Although this isn't something I've ever needed to do,
> yesterday (for reasons unconnected with Ardour) I needed to read the VST
> developer's license agreement here:-
> http://www.steinberg.de/532+M52087573ab0.html
> I can't see anywhere where it seeks to limit the developer's right to
> distribute binaries.  In fact the whole purpose of the agreement is to grant
> rights to a developer (and I quote) " for the development of VST PlugIns
> and/or for the development of an application that can host VST PlugIns."
> The only proviso is that you don't distribute the "VST Plugin Interface
> Technology".  Sadly, the "VST Plugin Interface Technology" isn't actually
> defined anywhere - but further down the agreement it states that "Steinberg
> licences the VST PlugIn Interface Technology on an 'AS IS' basis."  This
> suggests that the VST PlugIn Interface Technology is, effectively, the
> developer's SDK.  In other words, you may distribute plugins and host
> programs that use the SDK but not the SDK itself.  This is in line with
> other similar licensing arrangements.
> Have I mis-read the agreement or is there some other agreement covering
> Ardour?

The GPL. As far as I understood it, the GPL urges you to deliver all 
used source files on request, which conflicts with the "you must not 
spread the SDK sources" part of the SDK license.

Maybe someone else can explain better...

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