[Python-Dev] Deciding against the CLA

Glenn Linderman v+python at g.nevcal.com
Mon Apr 15 09:50:37 CEST 2013

On 4/15/2013 12:15 AM, Ben Finney wrote:
> Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info> writes:
>> On 13/04/13 20:30, Ben Finney wrote:
>>> "Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen at xemacs.org> writes:
>>>> A failure to sign the CLA is already a decision not to contribute
>>>> to the distribution
>>> As someone who cannot in good faith sign the CLA, that
>>> characterisation is far from accurate: I would very much like to
>>> contribute to the Python distribution, and so have not decided as
>>> you describe.
>> Could you explain, briefly, why you cannot sign the CLA?
> Because software freedom in a work is undermined when any recipient is
> granted special legal privilege in the work.
> As it currently stands, the Contributor Agreement grants special legal
> privilege in the work (the power to unilaterally re-license the work) to
> the PSF.
> By “special privilege”, I mean that this power is granted specially to
> some but denied to all other recipients of the work. Hence to sign the
> Contributor Agreement as it currently stands is to undermine software
> freedom in the resulting work.
Easily curable by granting that right to all recipients of the 
contributions you make to PSF, no? Of course, the contributor's 
agreement has no particular need to include such a clause, but you can 
include it in a separately published version of the contributions, to 
keep freedom free...
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