Relicensing dbus-python as MIT/X11 too

Simon McVittie simon.mcvittie at
Thu Sep 27 04:34:37 PDT 2007

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While we're relicensing, I propose to put dbus-python under the same
MIT/X11 license as dbus core (I was vaguely trying to LGPL it, but
hadn't got round to contacting other contributors, so files on which the
only copyright holder is my employer are LGPL+AFL and the rest is GPL+AFL;
I don't think there's much value in having a weak copyleft on it).

Everyone listed in the dbus-python AUTHORS file or in a copyright
statement in the code has already agreed to the dbus relicensing, apart
from Osvaldo Santana Neto at INdT (who is in AUTHORS but not in any copyright
statement, for writing some distutils build machinery that's no longer used
or shipped - so I don't think he needs to be contacted).

The only contributors since dbus-python split off from dbus core at
around 0.61 have been:

John Palmieri (Red Hat)
Simon McVittie (Collabora)
Artem Kachitchkine (Sun) - Pyrex patch, no longer relevant
Osvaldo Santana Neto (INdT) - distutils stuff, no longer relevant
Joseph Sacco - distutils fixes, no longer relevant

... where "no longer relevant" means the code they wrote has been replaced
anyway. So I think we're clear to relicense, assuming some suitable Red Hat
person agrees (Havoc, J5, looking at you here).

Ryan, since you seem to know what you're doing, do you think it's
necessary to re-contact the people who agreed to relicense dbus, but not
specifically dbus-python?

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