[R] Making a new package: licence

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 17:28:07 CEST 2011

On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 11:16 AM, Federico Calboli
<f.calboli at imperial.ac.uk> wrote:
> On 8 Jul 2011, at 16:12, Barry Rowlingson wrote:
>> On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 4:07 PM, Federico Calboli
>> <f.calboli at imperial.ac.uk> wrote:
>>> On 8 Jul 2011, at 15:56, Spencer Graves wrote:
>>>>> 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?
>>> Nope. Nevertheless my code would not have a functionality without R, hence I feel GPL v2, the same R is under, is appropiate for my package.
>> Note that whatever GPL version you want to release your code as you
>> can't just say "This code is released under GPL-blah". You also have
>> to include a copy of the relevant GPL license, usually in a file
>> called LICENSE or COPYING. I think. A lawyer I am not.
> The vast majority of CRAN libraries seem to be released under some sort of GPL version. I never seen a license though.

Type license() at the R command prompt and you will get a message
giving a URL which lists the content of various licenses. Also see
?license where it discusses various RShowDoc commands which can also
show various licenses.

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