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Jython Licensing

Hi.  On the topic of Jython, I received this from jython-dev (see below) - so 
it seems the GPL incompatibility is not likely to go away any time soon.


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Subject: Re: [Jython-dev] Jython license and GPL incompatibility
Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2001 20:49:02 GMT
From: bckfnn@worldonline.dk (Finn Bock)

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>According to the FSF website
>The License of Python 1.6b1 and later versions, through 2.0 and 2.1.
>This is a free software license but is incompatible with the GNU GPL. The
>primary incompatibility is that this Python license is governed by the laws
>of the State of Virginia, in the USA, and the GPL does not permit this.
>The license for Jython, as found on www.jython.org and in the CVS, currently
>contains this GPL-incompatible clause.  CPython has recently altered their
>license to make CPython compatible with the GPL
>Is Jython likely to follow suit?

I somehow doubt it.

Not only must CNRI be prepared to release their JPython-1.1 code with a
changed license, but they must also be able to actually create a new release.
It is not my impression that any of the fine people working at CNRI have the
tools or experience to create a JPython-1.1.1 release.

Even if is 10 times easier for jython to change license that it was for
python, I still think it will be 100 times too much work for me to tackle.

[ snip ]


Ben Burton
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