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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] WTFPL Worse License Ever?

From: Yoni Rabkin
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] WTFPL Worse License Ever?
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 14:43:11 -0500
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Alexander Berntsen <> writes:

> On 21/12/15 16:54, Yoni Rabkin wrote:
>> But as I said before, try to (as I have) to explain these jokes at 
>> your company to a room of people who are hostile and/or ignorant
>> of free software and the joke loses its shine really fast.
> Fuck those people.

Really? Why did you even bother writing that? How is that helpful? I
guess it provides you with some kind of catharsis, but I don't know you.

>> Moreover, people from the free software community who want to use 
>> software licensed under a joke license have to stop short and
>> start searching around to see if it is even a valid license. So
>> this joke ends up taking up people's time and effort. Finally,
>> license proliferation is a real problem: 
> It was never meant to be used for any actually useful software. If
> someone use a joke licence for their proper software, that's on them.

The wtfpl site ( showcases useful
software licensed under the terms of the license and asks: "Know some
important or noteworthy work using the WTFPL? Let us know in the
comments!". Then they go on to defend the validity of the wtfpl as a
license in the FAQ entry: "Is the WTFPL a valid license?". So I don't
understand where you get that impression.

   "Cut your own wood and it will warm you twice"

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