[Catalog-sig] [PSF-Board] Troubled by changes to PyPI usage agreement

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Fri Dec 4 20:24:01 CET 2009

VanL wrote:
> Doug Hellmann wrote:
>> We have to grant the PSF the rights to distribute the files if we're
>> uploading them to be hosted on PyPI.  Does the new wording imply that
>> we're licensing the use of that code under those terms, or just
>> granting distribution rights the file containing the code?  It feels
>> like the latter, but I don't know how the word "perform" is
>> interpreted in this context. 
> Doug is essentially right here. By this agreement, the PSF gets the
> particular rights to:
> - reproduce: We can copy it (in memory, or in preparation to send a copy)
> - distribute: We can cause other people to receive it.
> - transmit: We can send it out on a signal.
> - display: We can show the content to other people.
> - perform: A term of art for showing some sorts of works (think
> audio-visual or theater works)
> - publish: We can offer and provide copies to other people.
> ... including in digital form: And do all that stuff using computer
> representations of whatever you upload.
> You will find that all of these are very closely related, if not
> synonyms. Basically, we can receive your work, copy it, and provide it
> to other people in a variety of ways. This does not give the PSF the
> right to relicense your work, nor to create derivative works -- just to
> pass it on to anybody who happens to wander by the PyPI web page.

Right, but why does the clause also give this permission
to "all other users of the web site" and why does the license
need to be "irrevocable" ?

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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