Re: [Rd] GPL and R Community Policies (Rcpp)

From: Shane Conway <>
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2010 11:09:23 -0500

Your original question is predicated on the notion that people are "disseminating misleading information about" you, with this phrase: "a small portion of the code is based on code written during 2005 and 2006 by Dominick Samperi". While it may be difficult to qualify contributions to a joint project, there is absolutely nothing misleading in this. It is a statement of fact. I simply read it to imply that all the other names listed are still actively involved, and that the code has evolved significantly since 2006.

As others have already said: please take this up with the package authors off this list. There is no basis for trying to introduce a general discussion with a broader audience about licensing, copyright, etc. around this issue.

As a side note: I think that the Rcpp package authors should give serious consideration to appending "The development of this package was driven by the godawful code that Hadley wrote" to the end of the acknowledgements.

On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 10:47 AM, Joris Meys <> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM, Dominick Samperi <> wrote:
>> Worst yet is having to compete with your own work.
> About which competition are we talking then? I'm sorry, but the vast
> majority of the 70000 lines of code of the rcpp are not your work. And
> honestly, I don't know of any package that would be able to compete
> with the rcpp as it is now. Great package by the way, Dirk, Romain and
> the other contributors made something really nice from it.
> Cheers
> Joris
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