[Python-Dev] License cleanup

Guido van Rossum guido@CNRI.Reston.VA.US
Fri, 17 Sep 1999 10:07:50 -0400

> So, in the end, am I still invited to sign & send the "wet" form or
> I'd better wait to let it dry?

Please send in the form -- the license was a totally separate issue
that I shouldn't have brought up in the same mail (or at all, in this
stage anyway -- we'll work this out with the Python consortium members

> BTW, I'm surprised by the fact that in an Open Source world I'm asked
> to sign a licence agreement with CNRI or to send e-mails for contributed
> code. If Python or Linux had had such constraints from the start, they
> wouldn't have been what they are today.

Unfortunately, that's the price we have to pay.  What we get is legal
protection from CNRI.  In general CNRI has contributed a lot to
Python; probably more than you realize.

In any case, signing the form and including the email paragraphs is
completely voluntary -- if you don't want to do it, just let me know.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)