[Tutor] Python copyright question?

Remco Gerlich scarblac@pino.selwerd.nl
Fri, 16 Feb 2001 01:20:51 +0100

On Thu, Feb 15, 2001 at 01:02:43PM -0800, folklore hopeful wrote:
> I have made quite a few handy python/tkinter programs
> that the professors at my college would like to
> distribute to students in their classes.   Since
> downloading and installing python is a lot to ask of
> all the students, and since not all the students would
> have home computers, we are trying to come up with an
> alternate solution.  So far, we were thinking of
> distributing a cd-rom with python installed on it and
> the scripts for the programs I have written.  This
> way, students could use them either on their home
> computers OR on the college's comptuers (which don't
> take kindly to installations but will run CD-ROMs). 
> Would this sort of copying be legal?  

Certainly. Quoting from the Python 1.6 license which was basically carried
to 2.0, you as individual or organization using Python 1.6 are the Licensee,

"2. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License Agreement, CNRI
hereby grants Licensee a nonexclusive, royalty-free, world-wide license to
reproduce, anayze, test, perform and/or display publicly, prepare derivative
works, distribute, and otherwise use Python 1.6 alone or in any derivative
version, ..." [provided that the copyright notice is retained].

Well, *read the exact license yourself*. You are allowed to do absolutely
anything with the code, as long as you list any changes to the original in
some way, and CNRI/BeOpen/etc has no obligations to you whatsoever.

Remco Gerlich