[Python-Dev] License() release list is imcomplete; intentional?

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Sep 17 19:51:28 CEST 2013


On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net>wrote:

> On Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:47:48 -0700
> Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
> >
> > IIRC this table was added when a few core Python developers including
> > myself left CNRI in 2000. We had a bit of an argument about the license
> > (not too much though -- in the end things came out alright). Some lawyer
> at
> > CNRI thought it was a good idea to record a release history like this
> with
> > the license, as a defense against whatever claims of ownership to the
> code
> > someone else might suddenly come up with. Since all I wanted was to get
> out
> > of there while causing them minimal upset, I told them I'd comply. But
> > that's over 13 years ago now, and I'm not sure if it ever made sense (the
> > internet is a different place than CNRI's lawyers envisioned). Only the
> top
> > 10 of so lines of the table are in the least interesting (note that it
> > describes a graph). I propose that we truncate the table and add a note
> > saying that all following releases are owned by the PSF, GPL-compatible,
> > and derived from previous PSF-owned and GPL-compatible releases. That
> > should do until the PSF goes out of business (which I hope will never
> > happen -- this is one reason why I wish the conferences were run by a
> > separate entity, to avoid a conference bankruptcy from risking Python's
> > continued open-source status).
>
> The PSF isn't technically the copyright holder, so would that pose a
> significant threat?
>

I have no idea. If you want a real answer talk to a lawyer.


> (at worse the PSF could relicense Python based on the copyright
> agreements, but Python would still be distributable under the original
> license)
>

But only the PSF has the list of original contributors and their licenses.

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--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)
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