[Python-Dev] Is msvcr71.dll re-redistributable?

Anders J. Munch ajm at flonidan.dk
Wed Feb 2 11:38:05 CET 2005

>From Tony Meyer [mailto:t-meyer at ihug.co.nz]:

> Can anyone here suggest a way to get around this?  As a specific
> example: the SpamBayes distribution includes a py2exe binary, and it
> would be nice (although not essential) to build this with 2.4.
> However, at the moment my name goes down as the release manager, and
> I don't have (AFAICT) a licence to redistribute msvcr71.dl.

Instead of redistributing msvcr71.dll on your own volition, help
someone else distribute it:

1. John X. Programmer buys the product, agrees to the EULA and puts
   the DLL up for download, with the explicit and stated intent of
   distributing it to anyone who needs it.
2. You, being the nice person you are, decide to help John
   X. Programmer.  You do that by including msvcr71.dll in your
   software distribution.  After all, the users of your software needs
   it.  As you are merely aiding John X. Programmer in performing the
   redistribution that is within his rights to do, there is no need
   for anyone to be granted any additional rights, and specifically
   you do not need to agree to the EULA.

Unless the EULA contains specific language to forbid such multi-stage
open-ended redistribution, I'd say you can just re-redistribute away.

but-then-I-am-not-a-lawyer-ly y'rs, Anders

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