Licensing

Scott David Daniels Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org
Sat Mar 29 23:25:47 CET 2008


DS wrote:
> I'm getting ready to publish a first open-source project written in 
> python.  I am planning to use GPL as the license.  However, in my code, 
> there is a function that I like from Python Cookbook....
> So, my options appear to be:
> 1.   Don't use it.
> 2.   Use it with no comment -- that doesn't seem right.
> 3.   Use it with remarks in the code that acknowledge the source.
I vote for this.  If you got it of the web site, include a url.  If you
went for the book, I'd prefer crediting both, but at least give enough
so the interested reader can get back to some version of "the original."

> 4.   Provide a separate licensing page for that function
>       along with the GPL for my code.
> What is the appropriate course of action here?  I'm thinking #3 is 
> probably ok.  How do others deal with this in an honorable way?
As the author of several of those recipes, I definitely expect others
to use them.  I'd hate to slow them up by requiring them to ask
permission, but would appreciate an acknowledgment.

-Scott David Daniels
Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org



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