[R-sig-finance] [R] Bloomberg Data Import to R

John Marsland john.marsland at mac.com
Thu Feb 16 17:30:39 CET 2006

Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd <at> debian.org> writes:
> | Don't know whether Dirk has distributed his package (never seen it myself),
> As I must have explained a dozen times, I wrote that on company time for a
> place where I no longer work. It is their property, not mine, so it's not my
> call to release it. Practically speaking, it's dead as I am unaware of anyone
> using it there.

For others in the same position as Dirk with code that they would like to share
but can't, the GPL itself is quite helpful. My understanding (and I'm not a
lawyer) is that if you use GPLed code and make ammendments or include pieces of
that code, the resulting code is by definition GPL and cannot be licensed
differently with out the original copyrightholder's permission. You can choose
not to tell people or distribute it but it's still GPL.

So rather than writing a standalone package, you can contribute your code as
ammendments to someone else's package - without infringing your company's
intellectual property?

Anybody any thoughts on this?

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