[Rd] Discussion of the GPL on Groklaw

From: Douglas Bates <bates_at_stat.wisc.edu>
Date: Thu 22 Jul 2004 - 22:47:11 EST


I'm not looking to start a discussion of the GPL on R-devel; I'm just giving a reference because the subject of the GPL, the license under which R is issued, has been brought up on this list.

If you want to follow some of the legal discussion of the Free Software Foundation's General Public License (GPL), the web site groklaw.net is required reading. One reason is because Pamela Jones (PJ as she is known there), the primary author, writes so well. Even if I didn't agree with her opinions I would enjoy her writing.

Recently a lawyer wrote an article for LinuxInsider criticizing the GPL.   PJ rebuts the article in
http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=2004072110004290

One thing to realize about legal discussions of the GPL is that the whole concept is so foreign to the typical corporate lawyer that they frequently misconstrue it, as you will see in PJ's comments about the article. Also, some proprietary software companies have taken to spreading FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) about the GPL and many people take such material at face value.



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