The Python Papers Edition One

Stephen Hansen shansen at advpubtech.com
Fri Nov 24 00:25:35 CET 2006


> Perhaps people could comment on the following proposition -- if an
> organisation is Not for Profit, its dealings are therefore
> Noncommercial?


I think the problem is Python has historically been so very free-- It has
always been *extremely* Business-Friendly, and totally lacks ... ah, the
moral opposition to how a closed-source business wants to run their own
lives. :)

Consider this: my company is makes a product written mostly in Python. It's
commercial and closed-source. If content from the papers ended up in the
python documentation website, it might just end up in the Python docs
themselves....

And I distribute python for commercial purposes :) As do a lot of people...
therefore, everything in the python distribution-- code, docs, etc-- has to
be able to be distributed for commercial purposes.

I am SO not a lawyer. But remember, the Python-developers and Python.org are
not the only people who "distribute" Python and what's in it... I do too.
Others do too. So nothing can end up in Python that I can't freely
distribute.

That's not to say they couldn't link to your content and not-include it in
any downloads or anything. Then it'd be available to anyone on-the-website
and such.

Also it's not saying you SHOULD change your license. I don't know if a
journal and its articles would be the kind of thing that WOULD make it into
core-Python-documentation in general... It's articles-- possibly interesting
and useful ones, but docs tend to be more referency... and if it would make
it into the docs? You can always relicense anything you hold :)

--Ix
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