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[Lapack] References for BLAS citations



I am the Intellectual Property Manager representing Dassault Syst?mes Simulia 
Corp.  We would like to be able to use the netlib reference BLAS routines in 
our commercial software.  To be comfortable doing that from a third party 
intellectual property protection point of view, we would need a more structured 
statement of permission than what is expressed on the netlib website: 

"The reference BLAS is a freely-available software package. It is available 
from netlib via anonymous ftp and the World Wide Web. Thus, it can be included 
in commercial software packages (and has been). We only ask that proper credit 
be given to the authors.

Like all software, it is copyrighted. It is not trademarked, but we do ask the 

If you modify the source for these routines we ask that you change the name of 
the routine and comment the changes made to the original.

We will gladly answer any questions regarding the software. If a modification 
is done, however, it is the responsibility of the person who modified the 
routine to provide support."

In particular, we need to know:

1.       Specifically is there a current, consolidated list of "the authors", 
and how they can be contacted?  (There are many 20 year old references in the 
body of the code, not sufficient for a reliable contact).

2.       Where is the copyright information provided (a quick scan of a few of 
the downloaded .f files didn't expose any copyrights, just "Written on" dates)?

3.       Given the final statement about providing support, what should our 
expectations be for the "support" of the unmodified routines?


If you could answer these questions it would be very helpful to us.


Cordialement / Best regards, 



SIMULIA Intellectual Property Management 

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