Updating the Python License
van.lindberg at gmail.com
Tue Mar 8 14:22:31 UTC 2011
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This license is outdated, and further is not meaningful as a standalone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?
Python Software Foundation
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