Andreas Hilboll <> writes:

> On 27.07.2015 15:09, Greg Troxel wrote:
>> Rainer M Krug <> writes:
>>> These packages all depend on R itself.
>>> So isn't this the same as in emacs / elisp? Isn't an exporter / .el file
>>> the same as a package in R, something which enhances the original
>>> product using a provided interface (the functions) but does not change
>>> anything in the original program (R or emacs)?
>> It's both the same and different.
>> The legal question of whether R packages are derivative works of R is
>> similar to the question of elisp packages that use editing primitives
>> are derivative works of emacs.
> seems to
> give an answer:
> The interpreted program, to the interpreter, is just data; a free
> software license like the GPL, based on copyright law, cannot limit what
> data you use the interpreter on. You can run it on any data (interpreted
> program), any way you like, and there are no requirements about
> licensing that data to anyone.
> [...]
> Another similar and very common case is to provide libraries with the
> interpreter which are themselves interpreted. For instance, Perl comes
> with many Perl modules, and a Java implementation comes with many Java
> classes. These libraries and the programs that call them are always
> dynamically linked together.
> A consequence is that if you choose to use GPL'd Perl modules or Java
> classes in your program, you must release the program in a
> GPL-compatible way, regardless of the license used in the Perl or Java
> interpreter that the combined Perl or Java program will run on.
> So if I understand this correctly, an R module can be non-GPL if and
> only if it does not use any GPL'ed R modules.

Interesting. This actually i line with what I just read at :

| Does the GPL have different requirements for statically vs dynamically linked 
modules with a covered work? (#GPLStaticVsDynamic)
|     No. Linking a GPL covered work statically or dynamically with
|     other modules is making a combined work based on the GPL covered
|     work. Thus, the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public
|     License cover the whole combination. See also What legal issues
|     come up if I use GPL-incompatible libraries with GPL software?

According to this it seems clear: GPL compatible license.



> Cheers,
>   Andreas.

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