[R] Legality of copying from Splus.

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Thu Jun 20 16:15:17 CEST 2002

>>>>> "rolf" == Rolf Turner <rolf at math.unb.ca> writes:

    rolf> [Can't anybody ***read*** these days?]

    rolf> I asked:  IS IT LEGAL/ETHICAL to take a copy of an Splus function
    rolf> (written in raw S), ***such as*** error.bar, and make it into an R
    rolf> function?  Is it OK to do this for one's own personal use?  What
    rolf> about making such a function available to other R users (who may not
    rolf> have Splus licenses)?

    rolf> Would the big guns from the R community please comment on this?

I'm not a big gun, but the answer is NO.

Don't go there, don't do it, write "clean room" reversed engineered
versions (i.e. describe the activity to a coder who hasn't seen the
code) when possible.


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