STWL: please comment

Alex Rousskov rousskov at
Thu Nov 11 17:26:16 UTC 2004

On Thu, 2004/11/11 (MST), <bfastenrath at> wrote:

> I decided to add paragraph 5 to the STWL to prevent patent
> claims against open source software: please comment.
>      3. You make an attempt to promote the use of this software [...]
>      4. You agree to be of assistance at least twice [...]
>      5. If you are owner of software patents you agree to refrain from
> any legal action based on infringement of your intellectual property  
> claims against users of open source software and concerning open source  
> software as defined by the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

This is still incomplete, IMO. Can you add a few more paragraphs requiring  
software users not to support preemptive war strikes, environment  
destruction, and domestic violence? The list can get rather long, but  
perhaps you can generalize along these lines:

        6. If you are a bad person, you make at least two attempts to  
become better.
        7. If you vote, you agree to refrain from voting for bad people.

This approach should make Spam The World License complete and OSI would  
not have to approve  multiple revisions of it. Renaming the license into  
something like Force The World Into Happiness License may be a good idea.


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