[pydotorg-www] License of website
michael at voidspace.org.uk
Fri Apr 20 13:21:58 CEST 2012
On 19 Apr 2012, at 23:54, martin at v.loewis.de wrote:
> Zitat von Michael Foord <michael at voidspace.org.uk>:
>> Hey all,
>> What is the license of the python.org website content? The website has a copyright message but no license. We have a request on the webmaster alias for permission to distribute the website "to people lacking Internet access via the eGranary Digital Library".
>> That sounds fine, but the license terms of the website, for purposes of redistribution, are not clear.
> We could ask a lawyer for a recommendation, but my personal feeling
> is that copying the entire website is not ok. Many people have contributed
> to it, in particular to the wiki and the mailing list archives, and many
> might be assuming that their content will only appear on python.org.
> Certain parts of it are meant for redistribution; those should typically
> also have an explicit license with them (I'm thinking about the documentation
> in particular).
> If this position is agreeable, it would then be possible, but very tedious,
> to go through the website and indicate what pages can be redistributed
> and which one cannot. So unless somebody volunteers for this, the natural
> consequence would be "if there is no explicit permission given to make
> copies, one may not make copies".
I think unfortunately you are correct. The non-profit in question looks like they are providing a potentially valuable service - so it would be *nice* to be able to license at least the core parts of the website for redistribution, but it seems like it may be an onerous task.
The core parts of the website that are in our SVN repository, and built by our build scripts, we probably have full licensing control over. So it may be possible to explicitly license those parts for redistribution. The PSF would have to make a decision on this though.
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