[Rd] authorship and citation

S Ellison S.Ellison at LGCGroup.com
Wed Oct 7 12:10:14 CEST 2015

> > Is there a point at which the original developer should not stay on the author
> list?
> Authorship is not just about code.  For example, there are functions in R which
> have been completely recoded, but the design and documentation remain.
> Copyright can apply to designs and there is shading between
> inspiration and infringement.   And many of us believe that inspiration
> should be credited as a moral even if not a legal obligation.

"Once an author on CRAN, always an author on CRAN"* doesn't sound a bad maxim to work to.

*This statement should be cited** as
S L R Ellison, C L Dodgson, 'RE: [Rd] authorship and citation'. r-devel mailing list, 2015 with 
Acknowledgements: B Ripley, R-Core, S Urbanek for helpful remarks 

**following its own precepts :)

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