[R-pkg-devel] Rcpp Copyright Query

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de
Wed Dec 13 17:38:07 CET 2017

This confusion was caused by the CRAN team, who wrote you (Meabh 
McCurdy) a message about adding missing copyright holders that should 
have gone to the maintainer of anotehr submission.

Our apologies.

Uwe Ligges

On 12.12.2017 16:06, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> On 12 December 2017 at 13:40, Meabh McCurdy wrote:
> | I am currently in the process of submitting a new R package to CRAN. This package uses the Rcpp package, as stated in the 'LinkingTo' section of the Description file.
> So far no problem.
> | I am currently missing two copyright holders relating to the Rcpp package:
> | - Copyright (C) 2010 - 2012 Dirk Eddelbuettel and Romain Francois
> "Missing"? Sorry, but who is missing what?
> Presumably you are not _including_ Rcpp in your package and as such you are
> not _(re-)distributing_ the sources over which other people have a copyright.
> And for who those people are, see DESCRIPTION included with the package, not
> debian/copyright (which is only in the source repo as I also happen to build
> the Debian package from there but otherwise irrelevant to CRAN and not
> installed in the CRAN sources).
> | As far as I am aware, if the copyright holders are not authors of the package an optional 'Copyright' field can be used. Is there a licensing file or copyright file for the Rcpp package that is required and I can include in my package under the inst directory.
> | I'm not entirely sure this is the correct solution , other suggestions are welcome.
> I can't follow the logic of your argument.  Can you explain what I would have
> to do with your package---other than maybe some pride and ownership in seeing
> yet another package use Rcpp?
> Your code is your code, and (typically) copyrighted by you (or maybe your
> employer) and possibly coauthors. And what license you choose is also up to
> you provided is compatiable and allowed on CRAN.
> "Writing R Extensions" delivers the goods on all that.
> Dirk

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