Python programs always open source?

Steve Holden steve at
Mon Sep 18 17:16:12 CEST 2006

Leif K-Brooks wrote:
> Ben Finney wrote:
>>So long as you're not distributing some or all of Python itself, or a
>>derivative work, the license for Python has no legal effect on what
>>license you choose for your own work.
> How many Python programs use nothing from the standard library?

That doesn't matter either. The required copyright statements are 
included in the Python interpreter. There is no reason to fear 
distributing Python as a part of either open source or proprietary 
works, and Guido framed the original license to allow precisely such 
uses. Later versions have retained the same spirit.

The official license doesn't take a lot of understanding or legalese. 
Try it:

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