[Python-mode] FSF assignment policy

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Tue Jan 27 15:56:29 CET 2009


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On Jan 27, 2009, at 9:51 AM, Andreas Roehler wrote:

> Well, that not so easy. Things are much more serious IMO. In any  
> case programs
> published here will be GPL as far as it concerns me, so it shouldn't  
> matter for
> the user if its assigned to FSF or not.

The python-mode.el's header is currently a bit ambiguous as to  
copyright ownership and license.  The last asserted copyright in the  
file is from 1994 by Tim Peters.  I know that Tim has since assigned  
his copyright to the FSF.

I'm willing to change that line to "Copyright 2009 Free Software  
Foundation" and slap a GPL license on the file.  I think we're in  
legal rights to do this.

Please note that we resisted the GPL for a long time because python- 
mode.el was distributed with Python.  All code in the Python  
distribution should have the PSF license and specifically cannot have  
the GPL.  Now that python-mode.el has been distributed separately for  
a long time, this restriction no longer applies.

Barry

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