[Python-mode] FSF assignment policy
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.
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