R-beta: Rnotes.tgz

Bill Venables wvenable at attunga.stats.adelaide.edu.au
Mon Mar 2 03:29:57 CET 1998

dunne at yarra.vut.edu.au writes:
 > My question is really to Robert and Ross (and also to Bill
 > Venables and Dave Smith) -- but I thought that there might be
 > wider interest in it.
 > The "Notes on R" in the file Rnotes.tgz is copyrighted to the
 > above authors -- can I make copies of it to distribute?
 > I suspect that the intention of the authors is that Rnotes be as
 > re-distributable as R itself.  However there is no GNU license or
 > equivalent on it.  I don't think the fact that I have copied it
 > off of the net entitles me to make multiple copies, or does it?
 > 			any ideas
 > 				rob

If the original copyright is still in place you have no problems
as far as Dave or I am concerned, (but Robert and Ross may now be
the ones with the real say, of course.)  The original notes
contained a statement that they could be copied and
re-distributed free, or even on a cost recovery basis if need be,
and they have even been on sale in various University bookstores.
There is even a version up on the net if golfing(*) the web is
your bag.

I might also mention that slabs of the original document have
been included more-or-less as is in someone else's book, with
acknowledgement but without permission.  This is not really what
we would call fair use, but as far as I am concerned no one is
going to mount a legal challenge; we have better things to do.


(*) I strongly agree with the view that `golfing' much better
    expresses the tedium and pointlessness of traversing the web
    than `surfing'.)
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