[Numpy-discussion] Licensing question

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Mon Aug 6 14:31:12 CDT 2012


Those are not the original Fortran sources. The original Fortran sources
are in the public domain as work done by a US federal employee.

http://www.netlib.org/fftpack/

Never trust the license of any code on John Burkardt's site. Track it down
to the original sources.

On Monday, August 6, 2012, Sturla Molden wrote:

> But the Fortran FFTPACK is GPL, or has the licence been changed?
>
> http://people.sc.fsu.edu/~jburkardt/f77_src/fftpack5.1/fftpack5.1.html
>
> Sturla
>
> Sendt fra min iPad
>
> Den 3. aug. 2012 kl. 07:52 skrev Travis Oliphant <travis@continuum.io<javascript:;>
> >:
>
> > This should be completely fine.    The fftpack.h file indicates that
> fftpack code came from Tela originally anyway and was translated from the
> Fortran code FFTPACK.
> >
> > Good luck with your project.
> >
> > -Travis
> >
> >
> > On Aug 2, 2012, at 3:44 PM, Damon McDougall wrote:
> >
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> I have a question about the licence for NumPy's codebase. I am currently
> >> writing a library and I'd like to release under some BSD-type licence.
> >> Unfortunately, my choice to link against MIT's FFTW library (released
> >> under the GPL) means that, in its current state, this is not possible.
> >> I'm an avid NumPy user and thought to myself that, since NumPy's licence
> >> is BSD, I'd be able to use some of the source code (with due credit, of
> >> course) instead of FFTW. Is this possible? I mean, can I redistribute
> >> *PART* of NumPy's codebase? Namely, the fftpack.c file? I was under the
> >> impression that I could only redistribute BSD source code as a whole and
> >> then I read the licence more carefully and it states that I can modify
> >> the source to suit my needs. I consider 'redistributing a single file
> >> and ignoring the other files' as a 'modification' under the BSD
> >> definition, but maybe I'm thinking too wishfully here.
> >>
> >> Any information on this matter would be greatly appreciated since I am a
> >> total code licence noob.
> >>
> >> Thank you.
> >>
> >> P.S. Yes, I know I could just release under the GPL, but I don't want to
> >> turn people off of packaging my work into a useful product licensed
> >> under BSD, or even make money from it.
> >>
> >> --
> >> Damon McDougall
> >> http://damon-is-a-geek.com
> >> B2.39
> >> Mathematics Institute
> >> University of Warwick
> >> Coventry
> >> West Midlands
> >> CV4 7AL
> >> United Kingdom
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