[License-discuss] Working Class License

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Fri Jun 28 10:34:58 UTC 2019

On Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 6:01 AM Lukas Atkinson <opensource at lukasatkinson.de>

You are clearly not trying to create an open source license because the
> license discriminates against certain persons: against those who you do not
> deem “working class”. Compare OSD #5 specifically, and the Free Software
> Definition more generally.

Not only that, but the Working Class License itself is a blatant violation
of the FSF's copyright, unless the author has a private license from the
FSF to create such a thing (which I do not believe, as it fails to
acknowledge the FSF in any way). As the GPL says right at the top:
"Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this
license document, but changing it is not allowed."

John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
The competent programmer is fully aware of the strictly limited size of his
skull; therefore he approaches the programming task in full humility, and
other things he avoids clever tricks like the plague.  --Edsger Dijkstra
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