[R] License Question

Peter Dalgaard p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Mon Oct 27 18:28:17 CET 2008

Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On 10/27/2008 9:04 AM, Freiberger, Katrin wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> I learned about R during my studies at Cologne University of Applied 
>> Science. Now I work at Allianz Dresdner Bauspar AG and I would like to 
>> install R here too. Is there any license issues that need to be taken 
>> in consideration, any fees to pay by the company? I know there are 
>> answers to this in the FAQs but I didn't really understand the legal 
>> language. Could you therefore just give me concrete answers?
> R is licensed under the GPL version 2, a pretty common license.  You 
> should be able to get legal advice on it internally at your company.  If 
> you ask on a forum like this, you'll get lots of advice, but some of it 
> will likely be wrong.  I don't want to add to that, so I won't give any 
> other than "ask internally".

Hmm, well, on the other hand, that makes it sound as if there are demons 
lurking inside. Perhaps a pointer to the GPL FAQ at 
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html is in order.

(The GPL specifically disallows restrictions on commercial use.)

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