Python 2.0b1 is released!

John J. Lee phrxy at csv.warwick.ac.uk
Sun Sep 10 18:57:59 CEST 2000


On Sun, 10 Sep 2000, Tim Peters wrote:
[...]
> This is an unusual case for the FSF, in that CNRI (Python's primary
> copyright holder) no longer does Python development, and CPython is being
> licensed to BeOpen.com same as to you:  free of charge.  So CNRI has no
> direct economic or professional interest at stake here anymore.  Usually a
> company is pressured to make their license GPL-compatible, and the mechanism
> is agitation against their products, via resistance or outright refusal to
> bundle their products in GPL'ed systems (for one big example, Linux
> distributions).  But it's no skin off CNRI's economic nose even if Python
> never gets used again, so the usual tactics are impotent.  People should
[...]

Can somebody explain why CNRI still want to keept the copyright if this is
the case?

Everything else makes at least some kind of sense to me, even the fact
that some of the lawyers involved think that the new license is GPL
compatible: this involves not only the meta-legal question of which law
your license is subject to, but also the meta-meta-legal issue of what you
are allowed to specify about that.  Hofstadteresque!


John




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