Do What The Fuck You Want To Public License

WTFPL stands for “Do What The Fuck You Want To Public License”. It is like GPL or BSD license or any other public license you may have heard of, but has no restrictions, allowing you to “do what the fuck you want to.”

                    Version 2, December 2004

 Copyright (C) 2004 Sam Hocevar
  14 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.



This is NOT joking. You can find software licensed under WTFPL in almost all major Linux distributions. The best known one may be the ASCII-art library libcaca, which is used by the well-known player mplayer. (In Gentoo you can find the text of the license at /usr/portage/licenses/WTFPL-2.)

You may want to ask if there is any difference from WTFPL to public domain. The authors explain that the definition of public domain varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and it is unclear in some countries whether works can be in public domain unless its authors have been dead for 70 years, but it is absolutely clear in most countries you have the right to choose a license for your works.

[Unlike other posts licensed under Creative Commons, this post is licensed under the Do What The Fuck You Want To Public License.]

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