[SciPy-dev] TOMS 526 license?

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Tue Aug 12 18:31:39 CDT 2008

On Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 17:25, Pauli Virtanen <pav@iki.fi> wrote:
> I noticed that code from ACM TOMS 526 was added to a branch in the Scipy
> repository.
> This may be a silly question, but I'll ask it just to be on the safe
> side: in case this code is going to eventually land in Scipy proper, did
> you check the ACM license conditions? It says here:
>        http://toms.acm.org/Authors.html#CopyrightandUseAgreement
> that the TOMS codes fall by default under the ACM license, which is not
> really either BSD or GPL compatible. (Unfortunately, the netlib.org codes
> don't carry a license blurb...) Or has the situation for 526 been
> otherwise arranged, or was the situation different in 1978 when it was
> published?

Akima was an employee of the Federal Government (US Dept of Commerce).
Near as I can tell, the code is public domain, and the ACM cannot
claim copyright over it.

Robert Kern

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