[R] Making a new package: licence
spencer.graves at structuremonitoring.com
Fri Jul 8 16:58:41 CEST 2011
On 7/8/2011 4:26 AM, Federico Calboli wrote:
> On 8 Jul 2011, at 12:06, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>> On 11-07-08 6:20 AM, Federico Calboli wrote:
>>> HI All,
>>> I have written and succesfully uploaded a new package. The licence it is under is 'GPL' --no version. My assumption is, since all the code is written in R the licence R used for R would affect the code (hence my "GPL" stands for "whatever version of the GPL R is under")
>>> I am happy with the licencing I used, but I'd like to ask if there is any transitive propery of IP licencing or if I am mistaken.
>> I believe you are mistaken: your package is your code, so the license someone else used is irrelevant. I would interpret 'GPL' to mean 'whatever version of GPL the user finds to be convenient'. So if GPL v1 (which I've never actually seen) or GPL v4 (which has not been released) contained some right that I liked, I would assume that you've granted me that right.
> Ok, thanks for that. I though that, since R in under GPL-v2, I can only release my code under GPL-v2 because the code is written in R and probably qualifies as a derivative work.
Did you include someone else's GPL-vx code (possibly modified by
you) as part of your code in a way that someone could claim that your
code does NOT have a useful functionality and independent existence
without that? I'm not an attorney, but I have read the GPL and
discussed it with attorneys, and it's my understanding that the
definition of "derivative work" encompasses essentially what I just
described. Another example: According to the Wikipedia article on
Linux, the (first) GPL was written for the GNU Linux project. In that
context, you can NOT charge someone for Linux nor for any modification
of it you may make, because such modifications would make it a
derivative work. However, if you can run your own code written in
whatever language under Linux, because presumably your code has an
existence independent of Linux and could theoretically run (with
modifications) on some other operating system.
Hope this helps.
> On uploading the new version (a matter of days), I will specify the GPL version.
>> Duncan Murdoch
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> Federico C. F. Calboli
> Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
> Imperial College, St. Mary's Campus
> Norfolk Place, London W2 1PG
> Tel +44 (0)20 75941602 Fax +44 (0)20 75943193
> f.calboli [.a.t] imperial.ac.uk
> f.calboli [.a.t] gmail.com
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