I would like to understand better the licensing policy of Bioconductor. According to http://www.bioconductor.org/about/, the open source policy is:
- Open source. The Bioconductor project has a commitment to full open source discipline, with distribution via a public subversion (version control) server. All contributions exist under an open source license such as Artistic 2.0, GPL2, or BSD. There are many different reasons why open source software is beneficial to the analysis of microarray data and to computational biology in general. The reasons include:
However, there are very popular packages that do not comply with the open source policy as they do not allow commercial usage. Example in the RankProd package: https://www.bioconductor.org/packages/release/bioc/licenses/RankProd/LICENSE, but also MotifDb or GraphAlignment among others. Not only this restriction goes against any recent open source definition (e.g. https://opensource.org/faq#commercial, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_software#Definitions) but also this restriction is not mentioned in the open source paragraph in the about page linked above.
Have I missed any big warning?