GPL and Python modules.

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Tue Oct 26 01:43:55 CEST 2004


Peter Otten wrote:

> Grant Edwards wrote:
> 
> 
>>I don't really want to have to come to individual agreements
>>with 5-10 different module authors.  That's why "standard"
>>licenses were invented.
> 
> 
> Yes, and for an author to GPL a module is the standard way of saying use it
> as you like in your program, but distribute your part of the work under the
> same terms. Basically an embrace-and-extend antidote for code.
> 
> I think talking to an author and maybe offering a moderate fee if you want
> terms more favourable to your purpose shouldn't be too much.
> 
> Otherwise you have to stick to modules with BSD/MIT/Python Licenses - not
> that rare in Python land.
> 

Looks that way. Time was, authors would use the LGPL for libraries 
(which was why it was developed in the first place). But if someone puts 
a module under the GPL then any integrated use of that module is a 
dervied work and must, if redistributed, be put out under the GPL.

regards
  Steve
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