Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Licensing...

Every time you install, or even open, a piece of software you are likely accepting the cryptic terms of a EULA. There are all kinds; GPL, Creative Commons, and so on. Some are more or less restrictive than others, but all tend to say the same thing: "If we broke it, it isn't our fault. If you found a fault in it, it's your fault."

Into this comes the WTFPL license. I'm going to reproduce the license exactly as it appears on the source website, if you are easily offended (and think the real meaning of WTF is 'what the fluke' or some such) you might not find this as funny as I did.


DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE
Version 2, December 2004


Copyright (C) 2004 Sam Hocevar
14 rue de Plaisance, 75014 Paris, France
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim or modified
copies of this license document, and changing it is allowed as long
as the name is changed.

DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COPYING, DISTRIBUTION AND MODIFICATION


0. You just DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO.




That would be one license that I'd have fun reading when I installed the software. I wonder how many filters would/will block its text due to the colorful metaphors.

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