Python 2.2 license

John Cowan cowan at
Tue Nov 20 03:52:38 UTC 2001

Chris D. Sloan scripsit:

> - US law says I have the right, but the license tries to take it
>   away.  Which one wins?

Nobody knows.  Specifically, nobody knows because copyright is a federal
matter, and it's not clear whether a contract (which is governed by state
law) can derogate from a right granted the public by the Copyright Act.
Courts have wavered on this one.

IANAL, TINLA, etc.  This argument doesn't apply outside the U.S.
Infinite are the arguments of mages.

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