Updating the Python License

VanL van.lindberg at gmail.com
Tue Mar 8 14:22:31 UTC 2011

Howdy all,

It has come  to my attention that a standalone CNRI Python License is 
posted at http://opensource.linux-mirror.org/licenses/pythonpl.php. 
This license is outdated, and further is not meaningful as a standalone 

Python as a project is currently licensed by the license stack that is 
correctly posted at 
(Also see http://docs.python.org/license.html).  An updated version of 
the CNRI Python License is included in this stack and has relevance in 
the context of the stack.

Please note, however, that we strongly discourage anyone from using the 
entire stack - it makes reference to earlier entities that are really 
only meaningful in the context of Python's history. Instead, if somebody 
is going to submit something for inclusion in Python proper, we use the 
Python Software Foundation License, which is the license at the top of 
the stack only.

Accordingly, I have two requests:

1. In order to avoid confusion, would you please arrange for the removal 
of the separate CNRI Python License located at 

2. We would like to make the distinction between the Python license (the 
stack referred to above) and the PSF License (the license at the top of 
the stack) clear. We would also like to have both of these recognized by 
the OSI due to their longstanding use in the Python community.

How can this be done?



Van Lindberg
Python Software Foundation

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