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Is copying parts of research papers to the description of a package a "fair use" ?

Le Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 10:49:15AM +0900, Charles Plessy a écrit :
> Package: wnpp
> Severity: wishlist
> Owner: Charles Plessy <charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org>
>   Package name    : ngila
>  .
>  Ngila implements the Miller and Myers (1988) algorithm in order to
>  find a least costly global alignment of two sequences given homology
>  costs and a gap cost. Two versions of the algorithm are
>  included: holistic and divide-and-conquer. The former is faster but
>  the latter utilizes less memory. Ngila starts with the
>  divide-and-conquer method but switches to the holistic method for
>  subsequences smaller than a user-established threshold. This improves
>  its speed without substantially increasing memory requirements. Ngila
>  also allows users to assign costs to end gaps that are smaller than
>  costs for internal gaps. This is important for aligning using the
>  free-end-gap method.
>  .
>  Ngila is published in Cartwright RA Bioinformatics 2007
>  23(11):1427-1428; doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btm095

Hi all,

I just realised that I made many package descriptions by cut-and-paste
from published articles, and I wonder if it is a fair use or a copyright
infringement ?

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Wako, Saitama, Japan

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