Re: [R] Regarding {KernSmooth} - Can a package on CRAN have non GPL copyrights?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2011 07:37:56 +0000 (GMT)

On Sat, 12 Feb 2011, Joshua Wiley wrote:

> AFAIK CRAN does not explicitly require use of a GPL license (though
> obviously the license needs to allow at least free access to the
> packages and source).

GPL and the other licences are about distribution. CRAN requires a licence to allow it to distribute packages -- in some cases (e.g. mclust) that requires a CRAN exception.

Copyright is an almost entirely orthogonal issue. In many countries all intellectual creation is copyright -- this message is, R itself is, my packages are (including my contributions to KernSmooth) -- and that does not need to stated. Matt Wand has chosen to assert his copyright in the startup message. A closely related concept you will see in British books is that 'X has asserted his moral right to be identified as the author of this work'.

With the freedoms that Open Source licences give goes a moral responsibility to give due credit, something we see **far** too little of here.

>
> On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 11:57 AM, Tal Galili <tal.galili@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm not sure who to ask this, so I'm posting this here.
>>
>> I just ran:
>>  require(KernSmooth)
>> And got (I bolded the text):
>> Loading required package: KernSmooth
>> KernSmooth 2.23 loaded
>> *Copyright M. P. Wand 1997-2009*
>> Warning message:
>> package 'KernSmooth' was built under R version 2.12.1

>>
>> What does that mean?
>
> Well, I think that is just a warning that it was built under a
> different version of R than you are currently running it under.
>
> If memory serves, the current KernSmooth is a port to R by Brian
> Ripley; that message suggests the original KernSmooth was copyrighted
> by M. P. Wand from 1997 until 2009 (probably the original author in
> S?).
>
> Cheers,
>
> Josh
>
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Tal
>>
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