Bug#858281: hydrogen: Please remove GMkit content from the package due to license

Jaromír Mikeš mira.mikes at gmail.com
Wed Mar 22 07:14:05 UTC 2017

2017-03-20 19:03 GMT+01:00 Roberto <roberto at zenvoid.org>:

Hi Roberto,

Package: hydrogen
> Severity: normal
> Content under directory data/drumkits/GMkit is derived from non-free
> sources (seems to be taken from Roland XV-5080 internal sound libraries).
> The file data/drumkits/GMkit/drumkit.xml only says "undefined license".
> Manufacturers of hardware synthesizers sometimes don't say which license
> applies to their bundled sample libraries, but they are certainly not in
> the public domain. They typically allow commercial content created with
> them, without paying royalties, but they could complain if someone creates
> a competing product derived from their sounds. A software synthesizer can
> be seen as a competing product (there are precedents of this by Roland
> Corporation in particular).
> Moreover, please consider documenting all files under "data" directory in
> debian/copyright, it will make easier to spot this issues, I've been using
> the Roland samples in this package for years without knowing.

Thank you for reporting this issue.
Actually it is quite unfortunate ... If we would remove GMkit we would
loose tutorial demo songs.
Is there any alternative for GMkit around with friendly license
which we could recommend to upstream author as replacement for GMkit?

best regards

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