Licensing question


#1

Hi,

I’ve developed an audio processing algorithm and plan to build an application or a VST plugin around it. As this point, I do not think it is able to serious money to cover the licensing fee of JUCE any time soon. But I believe in its potential so would like to keep it as closed-source. So I wonder whether it violates the license if I make a open source application/vstdll that dynamically links to a close sourced DLL that contains my algorithm.

BTW, I love JUCE and will buy a license once it generates enough revenue.


#2

Glad you like it!

It’s an interesting question…! I’m no expert on the legal technicalities of the GPL but it seems to me that it’s fair for a GPL program to make use some other non-GPL DLL… Certainly every GPL app on win32/mac will do exactly that when it uses the OS’s system DLLs. Obviously the DLL itself couldn’t contain or use any GPL code, but if it didn’t, then I guess that’d be fine…?