[SciPy-Dev] cubature license

Warren Weckesser warren.weckesser@gmail....
Sat Aug 24 10:04:51 CDT 2013


On 8/24/13, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 4:47 PM, Warren Weckesser <
> warren.weckesser@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> On 8/24/13, Saullo Castro <saullogiovani@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > @Alex,
>> >
>> > you are right, "it uses some GPL code from other projects (Hintlib and
>> > GSL).
>> > "
>> >
>> > But is it really impossible to include it in SciPy because of that?
>>
>> Yes.  We do not include GPL-licensed code in SciPy.  I haven't looked
>> at the Cubature code, so I don't know the extent to which it uses
>> HIntLib and GSL, but based on the comment on the web page, it is
>> unlikely that Steven Johnson can re-license his code with a license
>> that is compatible with SciPy.  The GPL is viral that way (insert the
>> usual "I am not a lawyer" disclaimer here).
>
> It's not quite as viral as that. He can license the code that he himself
> wrote under whatever license he likes as long as it is compatible with the
> GPL license of the other libraries that he is combining his code with. If
> the code that he wrote is separable from HIntLib and GSL by rewriting that
> functionality, he can distribute his code under the BSD license for
> inclusion in SciPy.


Yes--thanks for the clarification.

Warren


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> Robert Kern
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