From: Mark Tarver on
On 24 Mar, 22:18, "Steve Holden, Chairman, PSF" <chair...(a)>
> MarkTarver wrote:
> >>From the website
> > The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
> > corporation that
> > holds the intellectual property rights behind the Python programming
> > language. We manage the open source licensing for Python version 2.1
> > and later and own and protect the trademarks associated with Python.
> > Could somebody explain 'what holding the intellectual property rights'
> > means in this context and in what sense PSF manages the licensing and
> > protects the trademarks associated with Python?   This is for my
> > education.
> The PSF requires that contributors sign an agreement licensing their
> code to us, and allowing us to distribute it under the license of our
> choosing (this does not in any way preclude the contributor licensing
> the same code to any other party under different terms).
> In this way people who use Python can be relatively sure that the code
> is untrammeled by claims of copyright or patent by anyone other than the
> PSF, and can therefore use it without fear of losing their rights to do
> so because of legal action by third parties.
> We have also registered the trademark "Python" for use in reference to
> computer programming languages, thereby ensuring that we can take action
> should some ill-advised individual or organization decide to produce
> another language with "Python" in its name which we did not feel
> conformed sufficiently strictly to the language definition, for instance.
> The PSF has an established policy with regard to the use of its
> trademarks, which you can read at
> regards
>  Steve
> --
> Steve Holden        Chairman, Python Software Foundation
> See PyCon Talks from Atlanta 2010
> Holden Web LLC      

Thankyou to all on this thread for this clarification. I may return
and ask some questions if I need further clarification.