WTFPL approval, please?

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Fri Feb 27 08:11:57 UTC 2009

Russ Nelson wrote:
> Doesn't comply with the OSD because it requires that you change the
> name before you can change the code.  The OSD doesn't allow you to
> impose any restrictions prior to redistribution; no restrictions on
> use have ever been tolerated.

Okay, that's totally wrong for two reasons.  First, the "as long
 as the name is changed." is in the preamble and applies only to the
"license document", GPL-style.  Second, the OSD specifically says, "The
license may require derived works to carry a different name or version
number from the original software."  Neither the OSD nor WTFPL
specifically say, "You must change the name when you distribute", but I
think that's intended for both (though in WTFPL's case only for the
license itself).

> Not to mention that it's incoherent; Yes, I fucking want to change the
> fucking code without changing the fucking name, but the fucking
> license doesn't fucking give me fucking permission even though it
> fucking claims to, the fuckers.

It's actually surprising coherent, though useless and not worth
considering for the reasons I already said other emails.  To reiterate,
the gist is, if you think the AFL and BSD are too long, don't submit
another permissive license.  Use the Fair license

Matt Flaschen

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