Is the word "Python" copyrighted/trademarked?

Philipp Pagel p.pagel at
Wed Oct 2 16:15:00 CEST 2002

Mark McEahern <marklists at> wrote:
> Lots of folks seem to use Py as a prefix when naming their software.
> PyThis.  PyThat.

Actually I have been wondering for some time why you would want to do
that. Why would I call my program "pyScrewup" instead of "Screwup"?
People usually don't call their programms "C++Writer" or
"ObfuscatedperlMail" ...

I think such names are rather confusing because I tend to assume that
the name is mostly related to the job the piece of software does.


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