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Re: License of gpclib

Hi again,

I'm a member of the Debian R packaging team.  Our list did not received
any response to Charles' mail nor did Charles contacted us regarding a
private mail.  So I guess it might have slipped through somehow in your
busy life and I'd like to repeat this question which is to some extend
urgent for several packaging projects that are depending from R gpclib.

It would be really great if you would consider relicensing the code
under a free license.

Kind regards


On Wed, Jun 09, 2021 at 10:08:42PM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> Dear Toby,
> I am contacting you as you were involved in commercial licensing of the
> GPC library.
> https://web.archive.org/web/20200131020441/http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~toby/alan/software/
> Although the University of Manchester does not distribute it anymore, it
> is still used in the R package gpclib, where the University is listed
> as copyright holder with a license that prohibits commercial use.
> This is unfortunate for Free software projects such as Debian, as we
> require that Free software licenses do not discriminate fields of
> endeavor, including commercial use.  However, we would be keen to
> redistribute the gpclib if it were Free, and it would allow us to
> package some software that depend on it.
> Is there a way you could help us to get the gpclib relicensed by the
> University of Mancheter under a Free license ?
> (CCed: the Debian R mailing list.  Please note it is publicly archived.)
> Best regards,
> Charles Plessy
> -- 
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