I really don't understand why non-attribution, non-reciprocity (aka: free-as-in-beer) open source licences are so complicated.
For all of my open source projects, I wanted something simple and clear. I'm no lawyer, although I do have an “Honorary Law Degree” from the Walt Disney Studios, so clearly I am qualified to solve this problem.
Here's what I came up with:
Don't Be a Jerk: The Open Source Software License. Last Update: December 2, 2011 This software is free and open source. > This is free software. I will never charge you to use, license, or obtain this software. Doing so would make me a jerk. > I will never take down or start charging for what is available today. Doing so would make me a jerk. > You may use this code (and by code I mean *anything* contained within in this project) for whatever you want. Personal use, Educational use, Corporate use, Military use, and all other uses are OK! Limiting how you can use something free would make me a jerk. > I offer no warrantee on anything, ever. I've tried to ensure that there are no gaping security holes where using this software might automatically send your credit card information to aliens or erase your entire hard drive, but it might happen. I'm sorry. However, I warned you, so you can't sue me. Suing people over free software would make you a jerk. > If you find bugs, it would be nice if you let me know so I can fix them. You don't have to, but not doing so would make you a jerk. > Speaking of bugs, I am not obligated to fix anything nor am I obligated to add a feature for you. Feeling entitled about free software would make you a jerk. > If you add a cool feature or fix a bug, it would be nice if you passed it back to the project. You don't have to, but not doing so would make you a jerk. The repository/site you obtained this software from should contain a way for you to contact me. Contributing to open source makes you awesome! > If you use this software, you don't have to give me any credit, but it would be nice. Don't be a jerk. Enjoy your free software!
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