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

R. David Murray rdmurray at bitdance.com
Tue Sep 17 22:46:12 CEST 2013

On Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:39:25 -0400, Brett Cannon <brett at python.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM, Glenn Linderman <v+python at g.nevcal.com>wrote:
> >  On 9/17/2013 10:51 AM, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> >
> > But only the PSF has the list of original contributors and their licenses.
> >
> > So can that list be made public, and available in multiple archives?
> >
> Technically it already is public based on the * next to your name on
> bugs.python.org. As for a concise list that's more human readable I'm sure
> it could if someone chose to put the effort in to write the code to make
> the list.

The list is public in that sense (but probably not complete).  However,
whatever is considered to be the legal info, including the license the
contributor chose, is not in the tracker.  That information is in the
hands of the PSF secretary, and to my (outsider, and therefore possibly
incorrect :) understanding most of it is currently in the form of physical
paper in a filing cabinet.

I don't know if there is a project to digitize the archives or not,
but it would seem like a sensible thing to do, for backup reasons if
nothing else (perhaps there are already physical backups, though).


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