Zac Anger's Blog

Licensing

2015-10-04

Tags: licensing, wtfpl

I just wanted to take a moment to say that I don't actually care even the slightest bit if someone is offended by some things that I might say, especially if those things are as basic and trivial as the word 'fuck.' This was brought up recently, because my error page happens to be 'rude' and 'unprofessional.' (Note: I agree. It's very unprofessional to use Internet Explorer, and to interrupt someone at work to criticize something on their website completely unrelated to any client project and ask them to remove it. Also, it's not a very nice error page.)


Look, I really don't care. Fuck isn't a particularly nasty word. It's not a slur, it's not demeaning, it's not a word used specifically to marginalize or hurt any individual people or groups thereof. So fuck you.

This relates to licenses only in that I usually opt for the WTFPL over other free licenses. Maybe it's kind of offensive to some, but there's actually a valid reason for that. Following is the full text of the license.

DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE
Version 2, December 2004
Copyright (C) 2004 Sam Hocevar <sam@hocevar.net>
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.

And here's a paragraph from the FAQ:

But profanity is offensive!

You know what? Fuck your stance on profanity. Fuck your priorities in life. The WTFPL is about fucking freedom and we mean it. Freedom means freedom to copy and modify and share works of art and science with the rest of mankind, but also freedom to be gay and marry and have crazy gay sex, freedom to have tattoos, freedom to say there is no God, freedom to take the pill, freedom to have an abortion. People die for being gay or atheists. Don’t tell me that there is something sacred enough that it must be protected from the mere existence of the word “fuck”. If the F in WTFPL offends you, then fuck you and your beliefs. Triple fuck you.

So... that's pretty clear now, yes?