The Python Software Foundation
Minutes of Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors
July 13, 2004
A regular meeting of the Python Software Foundation (the "PSF") Board of Directors was held over Internet Relay Chat at 17:00 GMT. Guido van Rossum presided at the meeting.
The following members of the Board of Directors were present at the meeting: Martin v. Löwis, Tim Peters, Guido van Rossum, Steve Holden. Jeremy Hylton joined after the first agenda item. Neal Norwitz also attended the meeting. Martin was taking minutes.
2. Meeting minutes of past IRC meetings
The June minutes where approved with 3/0/1.
3. ReportsSteve reported that the PR committee has worked on new site definitions.
Jeremy reported that the conference committee has found the evaluation forms from the last conference. GWU is unavailable for March 2005, so the committee looks for alternative times/locations.
4. New Python LicenseMarc-Andre Lemburg has suggested a new license for Python. David Ascher has asked his company lawyer for comments, and he suggested corrections. There was discussion how to proceed with this issue. Guido proposed that somebody drafts a new version including the comments, and proposes it to the board for the next meeting. Tim volunteers to do so.
5. Contrib FormsDavid Ascher had suggested that the proposed forms are presented to some corporate lawyers we know. Martin will contact them.
Martin also asked about the board's view on a patent clause. Tim remarked that Larry Rosen considered a patent clause unnecessary for a contributor's agreement. Guido said given David's argument in favour of such a clause, he is now +0 for including it. Martin will post a revised version of the form to the members list, and ask members specifically whether they consider a patent clause necessary.
Jeremy brought up the question of a PSF lawyer. He has a lead, and asked for board approval for contacting a lawyer. Several board members confirmed that he, being a PSF officer, needs no official permission, and encouraged him to proceed.