[Rd] Legal problems

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Dec 1 12:30:01 CET 2008

On Mon, 1 Dec 2008, Wilm Schumacher wrote:

> Hello R-devel,
> I have legal problems and perhaps you can help me.

You really do need ask legally qualified people about legal problems, not 
least because you have not even stated the jurisdiction that applies.

> Long story short: Do have the licence of R the linking exception?
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPL_linking_exception

I suggest you read the actual licence (see the start of every R session).

> Is it possible to build a frontend for R under the e.u.l.a. or another 
> proprietary licence?

(EULA usually means 'End User Licence Agreement', and is not well 

These licences are about distribution, not building nor using.  So you 
need to consult with your lawyers about exactly what you want to do (and 
you have not told us).

> Greetings
> Wilm

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