[Bioc-devel] Question on GPL2 license copyright

Egon Willighagen egon@w||||gh@gen @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Wed Jul 27 17:23:47 CEST 2022

If that code is not GPL2 and therefore the full package too, then that's a
license infringement.

Wrapping GPL code in other code is generally only allowed when: 1. clean
room reimplementation of the ideas (from what you say not the case), 2. the
reused code has a clean API and can be easily be replaced by something else
(does not seem to be the case either).


On Wed, 27 Jul 2022 at 17:18, Jiping Wang <jzwang using northwestern.edu> wrote:

> Not to my understanding. The core codes (Fortran) from my package were
> identically copied with only function name change in their package. If they
> call functions or import functions from my package, that’s not an issue.
> But instead they just copied my codes and made their package.
> From: Jianhong Ou, Ph.D. <jianhong.ou using duke.edu>
> Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 10:15 AM
> To: Jiping Wang <jzwang using northwestern.edu>, bioc-devel using r-project.org <
> bioc-devel using r-project.org>
> Subject: Re: [Bioc-devel] Question on GPL2 license copyright
> Does that package import or depend on your package?
> From: Bioc-devel <bioc-devel-bounces using r-project.org> on behalf of Jiping
> Wang <jzwang using northwestern.edu>
> Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 11:03 AM
> To: bioc-devel using r-project.org <bioc-devel using r-project.org>
> Subject: [Bioc-devel] Question on GPL2 license copyright
> Hi,
> I have a general question about Bioconductor package copyright. I have a
> Bioconductor package. I recently found most of the core codes of my package
> have been mostly copied and packaged into another package and published in
> Bioconductor. Although the new package says it�s a �derivative� of my
> package. But does it violate the copyright under GPL-2?  Thanks.
> Best,
> Ji-Ping Wang
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