[Python-Dev] Deciding against the CLA

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Apr 15 16:14:50 CEST 2013

Can we get this discussion  off python-dev? It's not going to change,
and this is not the forum to express your disagreement.

On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 12:15 AM, Ben Finney <ben+python at benfinney.id.au> 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.
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