[Bioc-devel] License change for package mclust

Seth Falcon sfalcon at fhcrc.org
Mon Dec 21 19:59:48 CET 2009

Hi all,

I've been informed that the license for the mclust package has changed. 
  If you maintain a package that uses mclust, I encourage you to review 
the mclust license terms and make sure that the license of your package 
is compatible.

When mclust is loaded it displays the following message:

>> library("mclust")
> by using mclust, or by using any other package that invokes mclust,
> you accept the license agreement in the mclust LICENSE file
> and at http://www.stat.washington.edu/mclust/license.txt

The terms suggest that a package depending on mclust is only free for 
academic use.  Such restrictions are, in my opinion, not in the spirit 
of the Bioconductor project.  As such, you may wish to reconsider use of 
mclust in your packages.

+ seth

PS: Packages that currently list mclust in Depends or Suggests are:


Seth Falcon
Program in Computational Biology | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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