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Re: Citation requirement and the GPL

From: Martin Møller Skarbiniks Pedersen
Subject: Re: Citation requirement and the GPL
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2016 01:08:09 +0200

On 27 March 2016 at 23:35, Christopher Jefferson <> wrote:
I am happy to accept that, but I feel that this requirement violates
the GPL, the GPL FAQ specifically covers this case:

I don't think you are right saying that the GPL FAQ in this section
covers the GNU parallel case. 
The difference is that the GPL FAQ uses the words "_require_ citation"

GNU parallel says _please. It does not say you _must_ or _shall_. It says "please" and Ole wrote that you "should". He didn't know write "must".

More precise GNU parallel says as the first line:
"Academic tradition requires you to cite works you base your article on." 
I think and hope that you agree on that statement.

And the second line:
"When using programs that use GNU Parallel to process data for publication
please cite:"

_please cite_ 

Martin M. S. Pedersen

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