[SciPy-user] Re-releasing Python Equations under a new license?

Gabriel Gellner ggellner at uoguelph.ca
Fri Jan 19 11:20:48 CST 2007


> I think this is broadly correct -- the LGPL should be safe for these
> companies and should not threaten their code.  Part of what is going
> on here is that companies that distribute software don't want to risk
> it.  The FSF is fairly fanatical, and as we are seeing with GPL3, may
> change the rules as time goes on.  For small companies who want to
> distribute source code with their software but cannot afford lawyers
> and legal fights, I think the preference is to not get involved with
> the GPL, L or otherwise.  As Eric Jones has said about licenses, the
> fewer words the better.  His point is, I think, that the larger and
> more complex the license, the more likely it is that lawyers can
> disagree over it.
> 
> And LGPL can hinder code reuse.  If someone releases a large LGPL
> package that defines some small but nifty scientific algorithm, we may
> prefer to cut that algorithm out and insert it into our own code base
> w/o making the entire package a dependency at link time.  This makes
> it much easier to include and reuse just the bits you want.  Of
> course, the package authors may not want this and may want us to
> depend on their package, which is understandable and is their choice,
> but it certainly restricts our choice in building a set of tools that
> we can distribute with minimal size and dependencies as we see fit.
> 
> JDH

Makes sense to me, I to get afraid by any sized legal document :-)
Thanks for the response.

Gabriel


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