[TIP] does licensing of test tools matter?

Douglas Philips dgou at mac.com
Wed Aug 5 07:34:32 PDT 2009

On 2009 Aug 5, at 3:31 AM, holger krekel wrote:

> Hi TIP,
> i was wondering the other day - is licensing of test libs and
> tools and issue for anyone here?

It depends. As some have mentioned, one oft does not redistribute tests.
Some of us in industry have, well, delusions, that our tests might  
someday escape from the corporate IP greed clutches to be released  
into standards groups. Standards groups are notoriously tricky,  
everyone trying to cooperate and yet manuever for advantage. As such,  
I'm not sure if (L)GPL would help (no one can benefit without me  
benefiting) or MIT/BSD. But that's a purely hypothetical situation and  
I'm probably the only one on this list thinking about it.

> As noted elsewhere i am considering using (L)GPL style
> licenses instead of the current MIT license possibly for
> future py.test releases so i am interested in opinions from
> testing people in particular and trust no flame wars arise :)

I've lost track of the 'elsewhere', so maybe it would help if you  
(re)articulated your goals?


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