Re: [R] R -Legality Question about R's Open Source GNU GPL License

From: Gavin Simpson <gavin.simpson_at_ucl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 17:56:16 +0100

On Wed, 2008-07-30 at 09:50 -0400, Stevens, Martin Henry H. Dr. wrote:
> The limit of use is that you cannot profit from it. It is Open Source.

I think you mean you are unlikely to profit from it if you base your business model on "selling" the "product" and the product is the code; because it is GPL you have to make the source available and so anyone could take your source and implement a rival product and probably undercut you as they don't have to employ any developers...

There is absolutely nothing against profiting from Open Source. Novel is doing rather nicely these days (albeit somewhat to do with the Microsoft pact), as is RedHat and a whole plethora of other open source ventures. But these guys tend to sell support and services for the code they give away free (as in beer and speech) and don't make money of the code itself.

G

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> From: r-help-bounces_at_r-project.org [r-help-bounces_at_r-project.org] On Behalf Of Ajay ohri [ohri2007_at_gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:39 AM
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> Subject: [R] R -Legality Question about R's Open Source GNU GPL License
>
> whats the license policy of using r as a SaaS with other apps, priced for a
> fee. I am not sure which license to invoke.
>
> regards,
>
> ajay
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