[Rd] authorship and citation

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Tue Oct 6 14:32:52 CEST 2015

On Oct 6, 2015, at 7:58 AM, S Ellison <S.Ellison at LGCGroup.com> wrote:

>> The former co-author contributed, so he is still author and probably copyright
>> holder and has to be listed among the authors, otherwise it would be a CRAN
>> policy violation ...
> It's a bit of a philosophical question right now, but at some point in a developing package's life - particularly one that starts small but is subsequently refactored in growth - there may be no code left that was contributed by the original developer.
> Is there a point at which the original developer should not stay on the author list?

CRAN policies only require the presence of copyright holders, so if there is no content left to which the original author has copyright, then s/he doesn't need to be listed. Note that this extends to all the content, not just code.


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