(This page is a but a local copy of
"No problem Bugroff" license,
first seen in july 1998, in its latest 1999-03-11 version).
The "No problem Bugroff" license.
Richard Stallman of the Free
Software Foundation devised, in addition to some marvelous
software, the GNU General Public License (GPL for short). Or
the CopyLeft it is sometimes called.
It is quite a revolutionary document, using the "copyright"
tool to to protect your right to use free software.
Unfortunately using copyright to protect free software is a lot
like using a Jackal to guard the hens.
In fact, various inconveniences relating to this have resulted
in modifications such as the LGPL (Library General Public
License) and more recently the NPL (Netscape Public
I call these matters mere inconveniences, the real damage will
occur when the Jackal's, (sorry, I mean lawyers), actually get
to test the GPL in court for the first time.
Thus enter my version.
Its very simple.
Easy to apply.
The "No problem Bugroff" license is as follows...
The answer to any and every question relating to the copyright,
patents, legal issues of Bugroff licensed software is....
Sure, No problem. Don't worry, be happy. Now bugger
All portions of this license are important..
- "Sure, no problem." Gives you complete freedom. I mean
it. Utterly complete. A bit of a joke really. You have
complete freedom anyway.
- "Don't worry, be happy." Apart from being good advice and a
good song, it also says :- No matter what anyone else says or
does, you still have complete freedom.
- Now bugger off. The only way to get rid of pushy Jackals is
to ignore them and not feed them. The GPL is just begging
somebody to take it to court. Can't you just see it. Exactly
the same thing that happened when some twit (not Linus)
registered Linux as his own personal trademark. People got
upset, started a fund, and hired, off all ruddy things, a
Jackal to try and defend the chicken! Who really benefits from
this trademark / patent / copyright thing anyway? The
lawyers. Who made it up in the first place? The lawyers.
OK so the last part of the license sounds a bit harsh, but
seriously folks, if you are a :-
- Lawyer asking these legalese questions... You should go off
and learn an honest trade that will actually contribute to
life instead of draining it.
- Programmer asking these legalese questions... You have
amazingly powerful tools in your hands and mind, use them to
ask and answer the worthwhile questions of life, the universe
and everything. Stop mucking about with such legal nonsense
and get back to programming.
- User/reader asking these question... Don't worry. Go off
and be happy. Have fun. Enjoy what has been created for
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