[R] Legality Question about R's Open Source GNU GPL License

Jim Porzak jporzak at gmail.com
Mon Jul 28 21:22:06 CEST 2008

All this is included in the distribution in "doc" folder:

1. see FAQ: "2.11 Can I use R for commercial purposes?"
2. Specific GNU License is in file COPYING

Jim Porzak
Responsys, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 11:32 AM, zerfetzen <zerfetzen at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I use R at home, and am interested in using it at my work company (which is
> in the Fortune 100).  I began the request, and our legal team has given some
> gruff about the open source license.  Not boring you with the details here,
> but I used some info on gnu.org as a rebuttal, and someone at the company
> replied that the generalities of GNU GPL may differ from R's specific GNU
> GPL license, and that I should refer specifically to it, and it should be on
> the CRAN website.
> I may be blind, but haven't seen such a document.  Does one exist, and how
> may I obtain it?  I believe they are wrong.  Our legal team is notorious for
> being overly conservative, and I'm personally betting they think I won't
> look into it, and then they won't have to deal with it.  But I will, and I
> want to use R.  Thanks.
> PS
> Sorry if the document was posted and obvious, and I simply couldn't find it.
> Thanks.
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