[Rd] Holding back on source code

Dominick Samperi djsamperi at gmail.com
Tue Nov 29 04:21:33 CET 2011

On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 2:17 AM, Prof Brian Ripley
<ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
> On 27/11/2011 23:07, Sachinthaka Abeywardana wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> A few years back when I was a CSIRO (an Australian research centre) intern
>> I developed a BLAS package for R that uses the GPU. I believe that there
>> is
>> something similar right now, except it uses a few CuBLAS (Nvidia BLAS)
>> routines, but doesnt replace them.
> We haven't much idea what 'something similar' refers to.
>> My question is, is it technically illegal to hold back on source code?
> It depends entirely on the licenses involved.  Nothing prevents Adobe
> distributing Acrobat without source code, for example.
> This is the R development list: questions not specific to R are best asked
> elsewhere (and, to take a recent example, that includes questions about
> licenses of packages on R-forge or CRAN).  'Elsewhere' may mean an IP
> lawyer.

One side-effect of R's GPL-based license is that there are many
Copyright holders
if you include members of the R core, R Foundation, R package
contributors, etc., and
any discussion (with an IP lawyer, say) about possible violation of
license terms would
require input from each of these groups.

Perhaps a new mailing list R-license-policy would be helpful...


>> Thanks,
>> Sachin
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