[pycrypto] Licence

Dwayne C. Litzenberger dlitz at dlitz.net
Thu Aug 21 11:01:56 CST 2008

On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 01:19:36PM +0300, Ali Polatel wrote:
>We have a bug¹ about the pycrypto licence being wrong in our repository.
>The tarball states the source is public domain and the sourceforge page
>says it's cnri python.
>Which one is correct? I assume the one in the tarball is the correct one
>but I just want to be sure.
>¹: https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=177815

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I've filed a bug in PyCrypto's bug tracker:


The PyCrypto licensing status is a bit of a mess.  It looks like a bunch of 
reference implementations were simply copied-and-pasted into the source 
tree, and each has its own licensing statement.

I recommend looking at each source file and making a judgment for yourself.

I'm slowly working on a new release of PyCrypto (I've just taken over from 
Andrew Kuchling).  In the next release, I'll try to document things better, 
and fix the most obvious problems (I've already written a replacement for 

However, some of the software is unattributed.  I assume that most of it 
was written by A.M. Kuchling, but I can't be totally sure.  I'll try to 
contact Andrew and see if he can clear things up.

  - Dwayne

Dwayne C. Litzenberger <dlitz at dlitz.net>
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