[Catalog-sig] Troubled by changes to PyPI usage agreement
tjreedy at udel.edu
Fri Dec 4 21:11:12 CET 2009
Ben Finney wrote:
> Howdy all,
> + <li>The PSF is free to use or disseminate any content that I upload on an
> + unrestricted basis for any purpose.
I presume this is the first thing that bothers Ben. The PYTHON SOFTWARE
FOUNDATION LICENSE VERSION 2, which I just checked is *NOT* an
unrestricted license. It has a few mild conditions. So it could seem a
little strange that it would not allow at least the same restrictions on
> In particular, the PSF and all other
> + users of the web site are granted an irrevocable,
The PSF license has a termination clause.
> The content that I submit to PyPI is licensed under specific license
> terms. That certainly does *not* allow the PSF to “use or disseminate
> any content that I upload on an unrestricted basis for any purpose”,
> etc.; it allows only those acts permitted by the license terms granted
> in the work.
> I have already registered an account at PyPI, and never agreed to this
> wording. (The previous wording was much less broad and unobjectionable.)
> I would not have noticed it changing if I had not been investigating the
> PyPI website source code.
> Will the PSF claim I am bound by it anyway?
Unless the previous agreement included a unilateral 'change at will'
clause (which I do not think US courts allow), you are not. You have to
at least be given notice and a chance to opt out of the change and
cancel the agreement.
You will have to ask the PSF what it 'claims' and intends.
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