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    Question NDI SDK licensing

    Hi,

    I am new on this forum.
    English is not my native language and the legal terms in the NDI SDK license are unclear to me.
    Google translate provides an even more obscure translation
    Anyway I understand that the license seems extremely restrictive.
    I know that NDI is already integrated into GNU license opensource applications like OBS studio.

    My question is simple: do we have the right to freely use the NDI SDK in an open source software under GNU license?
    if yes : Good ! Question closed
    if no : What must be done step by step to be able to use the NDI SDK in the application as for the obs-ndi plugin in OBS studio?

    Thanks for your help.
    Alain

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    Hi,

    No reply after one month.
    Most probably I posted this question not at the right place.
    Is there somebody who knows where I can find this information ?

    Thanks for your help.
    Alain

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    Hi. I can't answer your question directly, but wanted to point out that questions related to the NDI SDK can be sent by email to [email protected].
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    Quote Originally Posted by SBowie View Post
    Hi. I can't answer your question directly, but wanted to point out that questions related to the NDI SDK can be sent by email to [email protected].
    Many thanks Steve

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    Here is the reply I received from [email protected]

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    First of all, I should say that we cannot offer legal advice and we do recommend that you feel comfortable with your license, etc... Specifically, you should be comfortable with the fact that NDI can be considered a system library as far as your application is concerned; this is up to your own interpretation. We believe that this is fine, but we also believe that you are the owner of your rights and should feel comfortable with them.

    With that said, I believe that you can do the following :
    1) Compile against NDI dynamically (we have an example).
    2) You can distribute the NDI header files with your code (they are under MIT license)
    3) You now can run and as long as the NDI run-time is installed your implementation will work and you are not distributing anything other than source code.

    Optional :
    4) You can offer the user if they want to download the "NDI Runtime" from your installer.

    This is the approach that the OBS plugin follows.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Hope this may help somebody else.

    Thanks again to Steve

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