Saturday, May 2, 2009

WTFPL, the most liberal software license

The WTFPL is a software license whose acronym expands to exactly what it looks like - “Do What The Fuck You Want To Public License”. No seriously. The license was even approved as a GPL compatible free software license by the Free Software Foundation.

The original version of the license was released on March 2000 by it’s creator Banlu Kemiyatorn who used it for the artwork of the Unix software Window Maker. Later, Samuel Hocevar, a French programmer who was once a Debian GNU/Linux project leader, wrote version 2.0. The terms and condition of the license is simple: do whatever you want to do with it - copy, modify, redistribute, or flush it down your toilet. WTFPL is extremely liberal and covers not only computer programs, but artwork, documentation and almost anything.

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.

A license with the shortest terms

Though not very widely used, WTFPL is still a valid software license. It’s approved by the Free Software Foundation and every major Linux distribution is said to support it.

[via Reddit]

1 comment:

  1. LoL, what a great license. Wish every software had it.

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