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Re: RFC: GPL plus securities industry disclaimer suitable for main?

On Thu, Oct 02, 2003 at 08:39:11PM -0500, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> Folks,
> I maintain GNU R (www.r-project.org and www.$ISOCODE.project.org) and a
> growing number of packages from its CRAN archive (cran.r-project.org, also
> country-code mirrors).  R is GPL'ed, and most of the CRAN packages are too.
> One such CRAN package, GPL'ed and all, was written by someone in the
> financial industry which happens to be one of the preferred habitats of
> layers, and so it carries an extra rider.  Could you good souls please opine
> if the following debian/copyright is ok for inclusion in Debian main?
> Please do CC me as I'm not subscribed here.

I downloaded the source, and as far as I can tell, there are no
copyright statements, no contact information for any authors,
and is ambiguously under two licenses: the Commerzbank LICENSE
file, and the GPL.  And it mentions the GPL only in passing in
the description.

Note that the Commerzbank license is completely non-free, since it
does not specifically allow redistribuition _at all_.

I wouldn't touch this code with a ten-foot pole until clarification
is made by the copyright holders as to its legal provenance, and am
promptly deleting it from my machine.  (I'd recommend CRAN to do
the same.)


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