[R] Legal issue help

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Jun 23 14:24:43 CEST 2013

On 23/06/2013 12:59, Uwe Ligges wrote:
> On 23.06.2013 01:50, Dr. T. Imam wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am new to this forum, and hopefully am sending the post to the right
>> avenue (and in the appropriate format).
>> I am planning to prepare a (to be commercially sold) book in near future,
>> in which I expect to use some screenshots from R (running on Windows),
>> and
>> also graphic outputs from some of the packages..
>> I am just wondering are there any legal requirements (in respect to
>> copyright/permission of use issue) involved for such commercial use?.
> We do not give legal advice.
> Nevertheless, R is licensed under the GPL 2 or GPL 3. You have to look
> up the license situations for the used packages yourself.
> Both, the authors of R and the package would probably appreciate if you
> cite the software you used. See ?citation in R.
> Best,
> Uwe Ligges


But one other comment.  There are books containing screenshots 
(including old editions of mine) and they do go out-of-date very 
quickly: they will also baffle users of other OSes (possibly including 
other versions of Windows: screenshots from Windows XP look odd to those 
who have never used it).   I would recommend confining them to online 
supplementary material.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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