Re: [R] R licence

From: Ista Zahn <izahn_at_psych.rochester.edu>
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2011 16:01:04 -0400

On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM, Tobias Verbeke <tobias.verbeke_at_openanalytics.eu> wrote:
> On 04/07/2011 04:46 PM, Ista Zahn wrote:
>
>> I don't think R-help is the appropriate place for this question.
>> Probably you will have more luck at http://www.theattorneysforum.com/
>> or some such.
>
> I would hope, though, there are means for community members
> to express their concerns in some medium of the community.

Of course, and I find the discussion interesting. My point was really that I doubt there are many lawyers on this list, and that the chances of getting a sound legal opinion on the matter might be higher elsewhere.

Best,
Ista

>
> Fortes fortuna iuvat!
>
> Best,
> Tobias
>
>> On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 10:36 AM, Matthew Dowle<mdowle_at_mdowle.plus.com>
>>  wrote:
>>>
>>> Duncan,
>>>
>>> Letting you know then that I just don't see how the first paragraph here
>>> :
>>>
>>> http://www.revolutionanalytics.com/downloads/gpl-sources.php
>>>
>>> is compatible with clause 2(b) here :
>>>
>>> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
>>>
>>> Perhaps somebody could explain why it is?
>>>
>>> Matthew
>>>
>>>
>>> "Duncan Murdoch"<murdoch.duncan_at_gmail.com>  wrote in message
>>> news:4D9DA9FF.9020103_at_gmail.com...
>>>>
>>>> On 07/04/2011 7:47 AM, Matthew Dowle wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> Peter,
>>>>>
>>>>> If the proprietary part of REvolution's product is ok, then surely
>>>>> Stanislav's suggestion is too. No?
>>>>
>>>> Revolution has said that they believe they follow the GPL, and they
>>>> haven't been challenged on that.   If you think that they don't, you
>>>> could
>>>> let an R copyright holder know what they're doing that's a license
>>>> violation.
>>>>
>>>> My opinion of Stanislav's question is that he doesn't give enough
>>>> information to answer.  If he is planning to distribute R as part of his
>>>> product, he needs to follow the GPL.  If not, I don't think any R
>>>> copyright holder has anything to complain about.
>>>>
>>>> Duncan Murdoch
>>>>
>>>>> Matthew
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> "peter dalgaard"<PDalgd_at_gmail.com>    wrote in message
>>>>> news:BE157CF5-9B4B-45A0-A7D4-363B774F114A_at_gmail.com...
>>>>>>
>>>>>>  On Apr 7, 2011, at 09:45 , Stanislav Bek wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>  Hi,
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>  is it possible to use some statistic computing by R in proprietary
>>>>>>>  software?
>>>>>>>  Our software is written in c#, and we intend to use
>>>>>>>  http://rdotnet.codeplex.com/
>>>>>>>  to get R work there. Especially we want to use loess function.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>  You need to take legal advice to be certain, but offhand I would say
>>>>>> that
>>>>>>  this kind of circumvention of the GPL is _not_ allowed.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>  It all depends on whether the end product is a "derivative work", in
>>>>>> which
>>>>>>  case, the whole must be distributed under a GPL-compatible licence.
>>>>>> The
>>>>>>  situation around GPL-incompatible plug-ins or plug-ins interfacing to
>>>>>> R in
>>>>>>  GPL -incompatible software is legally murky, but using R as a
>>>>>> subroutine
>>>>>>  library for proprietary code is clearly crossing the line, as far as
>>>>>> I
>>>>>> can
>>>>>>  tell.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>  --
>>>>>>  Peter Dalgaard
>>>>>>  Center for Statistics, Copenhagen Business School
>>>>>>  Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
>>>>>>  Phone: (+45)38153501
>>>>>>  Email: pd.mes_at_cbs.dk  Priv: PDalgd_at_gmail.com
>>>>>>
>>>>>
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Ista Zahn
Graduate student
University of Rochester
Department of Clinical and Social Psychology
http://yourpsyche.org

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