Friday, June 26, 2015

Microsoft has ownership of R?

From an (ex-) intellectual property lawyer at Adobe (http://www.infoworld.com/article/2940508/big-data/hey-microsoft-a-rewrite-of-the-r-language-is-a-silly-idea.html): 

“Microsoft, unlike Tibco, can claim ownership of the underlying R code. By buying Revolution Analytics, Microsoft gained that ownership”

I was worried. But luckily it looks like this was misinformation. The new version of the article says:

“Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly assumed that Microsoft acquired the rights to R Project from Revolution Analytics. As Revolution Analytics chief community officer David Smith has since stressed, "R is owned by the R Foundation," not Microsoft.”