I understand that users own the copyright to the applications they create with Max/MSP, but I can’t find formal confirmation of this anywhere on the Cycling74 website. I need a formal statement about copyright to put in a grant bid for a project which will involve computational modeling using Max.
as far as I understand its like any other programming language. Though there was some licensing issue on PC only because of the compiler they used, if you made an app with 4.6 on pc you had to pay 1k license fee, but now in 5 that is gone and I believe everything is your copyright.
The licensing issues on Max4/Windows had nothing to do with the compiler, rather with a library that emulated Mac OS API calls on Windows.
But the licensing issues have nothing to do with copyright.
You write it, you own the copyright to what you’ve written. That is the basic law in every country that is a signatory to the Berne convention. There are some exceptions, but that’s the basic rule of thumb. There is no need for a "formal statement" on this, any more than you need confirmation that e=mc^2 or that the speed limit for automotive vehicles inside city limits in Germany is 50km/h.
If you need professional help with copyright law, you need a copyright lawyer.