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WTF @ WTFPL

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

I recently came across the WTFPL. In short, it states that you do what the fuck you want to do with the source. However, this doesn’t apply to the license. The text of the license is reproduced in full here:

            DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE
                    Version 2, December 2004

 Copyright (C) 2004 Sam Hocevar
  22 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.

Anyone else see the problem? Yeah, that’s right. “Everyone is permitted to [to do things to the license] as long as the name is changed.

Sound like someone can walk the walk, but not talk the talk, about true freedom!

See the comments for more details about this rather silly entry :)

Comments

  1. Peter Hosey replied on November 14th, 2006:

    Simple explanation: The WTFPL is not under the WTFPL.

  2. Colin replied on November 14th, 2006:

    Yes, but it’s still a bit incongruous. If you’re trying to make a point, why not go all the way?

    Edit: Made it a bit more clear that I’m talking about the license, not the terms the license offers.

  3. sam replied on November 16th, 2006:

    Could you give a practical example of what freedom exactly is being hindered?

  4. Colin replied on November 16th, 2006:

    It was mostly just a fun poke at the fact that a license about freedom isn’t actually free. Granted, adding any more terms or modifying the document would remove freedoms, but that’s the same thing as the GPL — removing freedom (in this case to edit the document) to protect freedom (the freedom to do what the fuck you want).