Let k be a field, let R be a ring of polynomials in a finite number of variables over k, let D be the ring of k-linear differential operators of R and let fεR be a non-zero element. It is well-known that Rf, with its natural D-module structure, has finite length in the category of D-modules. We give a characteristic-free proof of this fact. To the best of our knowledge this is the first characteristic-free proof.
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