[R] Using R in our commercial business application

Louis Bajuk-Yorgan lbajuk at tibco.com
Fri Sep 19 21:32:20 CEST 2014

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Lou Bajuk-Yorgan

Lou Bajuk-Yorgan
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Spotfire, TIBCO Software
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On 19 Sep 2014, at 10:30 , Pasu <pasupathym at gmail.com
<https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-help>> wrote:

>* Hi
*> >* Thanks to all for the inputs. It will also be great to get inputs on the
*>* procedure and the contact person for getting the commercial license on R
*> >* Rgds
*>* Pasu
*>* On 19-Sep-2014 2:13 AM, "Duncan Murdoch" <murdoch.duncan at
gmail.com <https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-help>> wrote:
*> >>* On 18/09/2014 2:35 PM, Marc Schwartz wrote:
*>> >>>* On Sep 18, 2014, at 4:36 AM, Pasu <pasupathym at gmail.com
<https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-help>> wrote:
*>>> >>>>* Hi
*>>>> >>>>* I would like to know how to use R in our commercial
business application
*>>>>* which we plan to host in cloud or deploy on customer's premise.
*>>>> >>>>* 1. Using R and its package, does it enforce that my
commercial business
*>>>>* application should be distributed under GPL, as the statistical
*>>>* derivation
*>>>>* (output) by using R will be presented to the end users as part of of our
*>>>>* commercial business application
*>>>>* 2. Whom to contact to get commercial license if required for using R?
*>>>> >>>>* Rgds
*>>>>* Pasupathy
*>>> >>> >>>* You will not get a definitive legal opinion here and my
comments below do
*>>>* not represent any formal opinion on the part of any organization.
*>>> >>>* There is nothing preventing you or your company from using R as an end
*>>>* user. There are many of us who use R in commercial settings and
in general,
*>>>* the output of a GPL'd application (text or binary) is not considered to be
*>>>* also GPL'd.
*>>> >>>* The subtleties get into the distribution of R (which you
seem to plan to
*>>>* do), the nature of any additional functionality/code that you or your
*>>>* company may write/distribute, how that code interacts with R and/or
*>>>* modifies R source code copyrighted by the R Foundation and others. If you
*>>>* distribute R to clients, you will need to make R's source code
available to
*>>>* them in some manner along with any modifications to that same code, while
*>>>* preserving appropriate copyrights.
*>>> >>>* A proprietary (closed source) application cannot be licensed under the
*>>>* GPL, but your company's application/code may be forced to be GPL (the so
*>>>* called viral aspect of the GPL) depending upon how your application is
*>>>* implemented as I noted in the prior paragraph. Thus, you may be forced to
*>>>* make your source code available to your clients as well.
*>>> >>>* If you plan to move forward, you should consult with an attorney well
*>>>* educated in software licensing and distribution issues, especially as they
*>>>* pertain to the GPL. The risks are not inconsequential of falling on the
*>>>* wrong side of the GPL.
*>>> >>>* The official R distribution is not available via a commercial or
*>>>* developer license, but there are commercial vendors of R and a Google
*>>>* search will point you in their direction, if desired. However, since their
*>>>* products are founded upon the official R distribution and the GPL, they
*>>>* will have similar issues with respect to any enhancements that they have
*>>>* created and therefore, your concerns do not necessarily go away. They will
*>>>* have also consulted legal counsel on these issues because the viability of
*>>>* their business depends upon it.
*>>> >> >>* I agree with all of that but for one thing:  not all
distributions are
*>>* built on the GPL'd original.  I believe Tibco is selling an independent
*>>* implementation.

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