[R] Legality of copying from Splus.
rossini at blindglobe.net
Thu Jun 20 16:15:17 CEST 2002
>>>>> "rolf" == Rolf Turner <rolf at math.unb.ca> writes:
rolf> [Can't anybody ***read*** these days?]
rolf> I asked: IS IT LEGAL/ETHICAL to take a copy of an Splus function
rolf> (written in raw S), ***such as*** error.bar, and make it into an R
rolf> function? Is it OK to do this for one's own personal use? What
rolf> about making such a function available to other R users (who may not
rolf> have Splus licenses)?
rolf> Would the big guns from the R community please comment on this?
I'm not a big gun, but the answer is NO.
Don't go there, don't do it, write "clean room" reversed engineered
versions (i.e. describe the activity to a coder who hasn't seen the
code) when possible.
A.J. Rossini Rsrch. Asst. Prof. of Biostatistics
U. of Washington Biostatistics rossini at u.washington.edu
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