[R] R project and the TPP

Rolf Turner r.turner at auckland.ac.nz
Fri Feb 5 00:15:08 CET 2016

Quite a while ago I went to talk (I think it may have been at an NZSA 
conference) given by the great Ross Ihaka.  I forget the details but my 
vague recollection was that it involved a technique for automatic choice 
of some sort of smoothing parameter involved in a graphical display. 
Apparently Ross's ideas related peripherally to some patented technique 
owned by Texas Instruments, and TI was causing problems for Ross.  He 
seemed to be of the opinion that the TPP would make matters worse.

I suspect he's right.  It will make matters worse for everyone except 
the rich bastards in the multinationals, in all respects.



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On 05/02/16 11:33, Marc Schwartz wrote:
> Ted and José,
> The FSF has a blog post here that might provide some insights:
>    http://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/time-to-act-on-tpp-is-now-rallies-against-tpp-in-washington-d-c-november-14-18
> That is from last November, but the relevant passage, perhaps in a temporal vacuum, seems to be the second paragraph with the following sentences focused on the GPL:
> "The regulation would not affect freely licensed software, such as software under the GPL, that already comes with its own conditions ensuring users receive source code. Such licenses are grants of permission from the copyright holders on the work, who are not a "Party" to TPP."
> The Software Freedom Conservancy has a post on this as well, from the same time frame:
>    https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2015/nov/09/gpl-tpp/
> Regards,
> Marc
>> On Feb 4, 2016, at 4:01 PM, Ted Harding <Ted.Harding at wlandres.net> wrote:
>> Saludos José!
>> Could you please give a summary of the relevant parts of TPP
>> that might affect the use of R? I have looked up TPP on Wikipedia
>> without beginning to understand what it might imply for the use of R.
>> Best wishes,
>> Ted.
>> On 04-Feb-2016 14:43:29 José Bustos wrote:
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> I have a question regarding the use R software under the new TPP laws
>>> adopted by some governments in the region. Who know how this new agreements
>>> will affect researchers and the R community?
>>> Hope some of you knows better and can give ideas about it.
>>> saludos,
>>> José

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