[R] Good Will Legal Question

Ebert,Timothy Aaron tebert @end|ng |rom u||@edu
Tue Mar 21 18:38:47 CET 2023

My guess: It I clear from the link that they can use the R logo for commercial purposes. The issue is what to do about the "appropriate credit" and "link to the license." How would I do that on a hoodie? Would they need a web address or something?

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Dear Arid Sweeting,

R-help is probably not the place to ask this question, although perhaps since you're seeking moral advice, people might want to say something. I would normally expect to see a query like this addressed to the R website webmasters, of which I'm one -- with the caveat that the R Foundation doesn't give legal advice.

Just to be sure, you say that you read the rules for use of the R logo, so I assume that you've seen <https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.r-project.org%2Flogo%2F&data=05%7C01%7Ctebert%40ufl.edu%7C99f01774c9f5452bd99a08db2a31ec23%7C0d4da0f84a314d76ace60a62331e1b84%7C0%7C0%7C638150166126816193%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=jNvmCKITcZFcmqiRqkjqZnJVY3TYuD3wu3Mp0zhSHPs%3D&reserved=0>, which seems entirely clear to me. I think that it's safe to say that if the R Foundation wanted to limit commercial use of the R logo, it wouldn't have released it under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 license. I'm not sure what moral issues concern you.

I hope this helps,

John Fox, Professor Emeritus
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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On 2023-03-21 6:18 a.m., Coding Hoodies wrote:
> Hi R Team!,
> We are opening a new start up soon, codinghoodies.com, we want to make coders feel stylish.
> Out of goodwill I wanted to ask you formally if I can have permission to use the standard R logo on the front of hoodies to sell? I have read your rules but wanted to ask as I feel a moral right to email you asking to show support and respect for the R project.
> If it makes it easier I could build send a picture of the hoodie with the logo on to you to see if this is acceptable.
> Arid Sweeting
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