[R-pkg-devel] Question about preventing CRAN package archival

Berwin A Turlach berw|n@tur|@ch @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Thu Jun 3 08:51:01 CEST 2021

G'day Jeff,

On Wed, 02 Jun 2021 11:34:21 -0700
Jeff Newmiller <jdnewmil using dcn.davis.ca.us> wrote:

Not that I want to get involved in old discussions :), but...

> MIT is more permissive than GPL2,

... this statement depends on how one defines "permissive".

MIT requires that you fulfil: "The above copyright notice and this
permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial
portions of the Software." (https://opensource.org/licenses/MIT)

Whereas GPL 2 merely requires that you "[...] conspicuously and
appropriately publish on each copy an appropriate copyright notice and
disclaimer of warranty [...]".

Thus, arguably, GPL 2 is more permissive.

>  so there is a collision there. 

Well, luckily the FSF does not think that the MIT license is
incompatible with the GPL license, though it finds the term "MIT
license" misleading and discourages its use, see



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