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Licence confusion: distributing MSVC?71.DLL

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Hi

I've written a program in Python using wxPython and Matplotlib and would
like to distribute it under the GPL. For ease of use, I'd also like to
distribute and installable version for Windows, but this needs MSVCR71.dll
and MSVCP71.dll to work. I've created an installer using py2exe and Inno
Setup but I don't know if I'm allowed to distribute it or not. I've found
lots of conflicting opinions online indicating that I can or cannot
distribute these, but no definitive answer.

The Microsoft Developer Network instructs me to read the redistribution
instructions and the EULA which come with Visual Studio, but I don't have
visual studio, so that's next to useless.

If someone has worked their way through this maze before and has an answer,
I'd be keen to hear it. Failing that, if you have Visual Studio and it's
not a violation of the licence terms to post the licence and redistribution
instructions here, could you possibly do so and I'll see if I can work out
what's allowed.

Thanks!
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Mar 6 '08 #1
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En Thu, 06 Mar 2008 08:33:41 -0200, Tom Wright <te***@spam.ac.ukescribi�:
I've written a program in Python using wxPython and Matplotlib and would
like to distribute it under the GPL. For ease of use, I'd also like to
distribute and installable version for Windows, but this needs
MSVCR71.dll
and MSVCP71.dll to work. I've created an installer using py2exe and Inno
Setup but I don't know if I'm allowed to distribute it or not. I've
found
lots of conflicting opinions online indicating that I can or cannot
distribute these, but no definitive answer.
Maybe this thread
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....f5ed32b324a3f/
can help.
The Microsoft Developer Network instructs me to read the redistribution
instructions and the EULA which come with Visual Studio, but I don't have
visual studio, so that's next to useless.
This EULA doesn't apply to you, but to the Python developers, which are
the actual Visual Studio users and have to comply with its license terms.
You're just repackaging Python, your program, and other required
components.
In any case, I don't think MS cares; after all, you're promoting their OS
and making life easier for Windows users.

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Gabriel Genellina

Mar 6 '08 #2

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Gabriel Genellina wrote:
Maybe this thread
http://groups.google.com/group/comp....f5ed32b324a3f/
can help.

This EULA doesn't apply to you, but to the Python developers, which are
the actual Visual Studio users and have to comply with its license terms.
You're just repackaging Python, your program, and other required
components.
In any case, I don't think MS cares; after all, you're promoting their OS
and making life easier for Windows users.
Many thanks - that does indeed answer it. I'd not been able to find the
EULA, but the bits quoted from it in the above discussion do answer the
question.
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Mar 6 '08 #3

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jim-on-linux wrote:
This is what someone wrote on 1-21-2007
to this help site about this pain in the a...
MSVCR71 stuff.

" I believe this problem doesn't exist.
(snip useful bit of EULA and explanation)
Thanks for that - just what I didn't manage to turn up with Google. I'll go
ahead and publish then :-)
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I'm at CAMbridge, not SPAMbridge
Mar 7 '08 #4

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