[SciPy-User] Central File Exchange for SciPy

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Mon Nov 1 20:46:56 CDT 2010


On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 20:33, Matthew Brett <matthew.brett@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
>> I think that restricting the license options on the site would only
>> give you a false sense of security. The number of screwups is likely
>> to be small in any case.
>
> Matlab switched from pick-your-own to BSD for file-exchange and put
> some effort into doing that.  My guess is that they ran into these
> problems, but there might be another explanation.

There is a FAQ:

http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/FX_transition_faq.html

"""
Why is only one license being considered?
When everyone uses the same license, it is a simple matter to re-use
and re-license code. If more than one license is used, re-releasing
the code under a different license raises potential conflicts in the
terms of use.
"""

It seems more like they just wanted simplicity and consistency. Those
are perfectly good reasons but quite distinct from the scenarios you
are contemplating.

-- 
Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless
enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
though it had an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco


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