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Let's talk about Freedom 0

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. Also this post is satire.

So a lot of licenses these days want to get rid of Freedom 0. One such license is the JSON license, which includes the clause The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil., or the (C)NPL, which is... a whole other mess.

However, one aspect of these licenses that is often overlooked is what they don't allow you to do. More specifically, they actively prevent you from stabbing the FSF with software licensed under them.

Now, just because a license like the GPL allows you to use software under it in the process of stabbing the FSF, that doesn't mean you won't go to prison for it. But licenses that prevent you from doing so come with an additional gotcha: in addition to going to prison for attempted murder, you'll also be charged for violating the license under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or your local equivalent!

Arguably, one could argue that stabbing the FSF is an act of good and thus does not violate the JSON license. However, you can't do that for the (C)NPL. So, please, use a Freedom 0-respecting license so we can all stab the FSF with your software.