Inclusion of of python and python libraries licensed with BSD- 3 clause license in proprietary software

Abhishek Kumar abhishek.physics01 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 11 17:03:05 EDT 2017


On Wednesday, 12 April 2017 02:23:53 UTC+5:30, Chris Angelico  wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 6:35 AM, Abhishek Kumar
>  wrote:
> > I tried finding the answer but even the lawyers  in my town have no idea about it and searching the web leaved me puzzled.
> > I am planning to make a software in python which will include libraries  licensed under BSD- 3 clause. Can I sell this software  under proprietary  license and legally inhibit redistribution by users under my own license.
> > Also if you know anyone who holds knowledge in this field then please do let me know..
> > Your response will be really helpful.
> 
> Firstly, if you're simply writing a Python program, the license terms
> of the Python interpreter don't matter. Your code is completely
> independent, and you can closed-source it while still running it under
> Python itself. Similarly, if all you're doing with those BSD-licensed
> libraries is importing them, there's no problem there.
> 
> Things become a bit more complicated if you're *distributing* the
> overall package - if you're creating a single installer that installs
> Python, these third-party libraries, and your proprietary software. If
> that bothers you, the easiest way is to simply provide installation
> instructions that say "install Python from python.org yada yada", or
> check with a lawyer about exactly how you're packaging everything up.
> 
> But mainly, you don't have to worry too much about the license terms
> of the language interpreter, because you can run your code on a
> different interpreter perfectly easily.
> 
> ChrisA

thanks for your response I am planning to distribute as a stand alone package (fro windows .exe). Should I worry about the license in this case?!
Like I mentioned lawyers in my town have little or no idea about open source ..
regards,
Abhishek 


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