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Worst licence text ever

Published: Wednesday 2005-04-13.

Free software and open source are the buzzwords these days. Everything is supposed to be open, so I was a bit surprised when I was pointed to this passage in the Bible, that can be found in Revelation 22:18-19:

If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.

The question to ask oneself is of course whether this licence still is valid. First of all you have to check whether this God, which is claimed to have written the text, exist and is still alive. If so is not the case the copyright for this work has probably lapsed, which means that anyone should be free to both add and take away words without breaking any licence. But maybe one should still proceed with caution, one never knows.

I wonder when someone is going to start a religion where the holy texts really can be classified as free. Or is that what FSF already has done?

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  • Datum: 2005-04-14 09.21.25 CEST
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
  • Sänt från: yestravel.com

Kanske Bibeln var öppen källkod för ~2000 år sedan, när den sammanfattades i skrift, och sedan ansågs produkten vara färdig och då övergick det i en annan form. Vilket av FSFs eller någon annans projekt har hittills överlevt i 2000 år med oförändrad licens? Finns det licenser som förbjuder ett byte av licens på befintlig produkt?

Nu är det väl inte så många som har för avsikt att skriva om Bibeln, snarare tolka den vilket för mig är lite som att skriva howto-artiklar och göra script utanpå själva programmet. Dessutom är frågan om Bibeln ska ses som källkod, ramverk eller kompilerad applikation.

Men det är klart, på samma sätt som det finns folk som vägrar att använda programvara och annat som inte inbjuder till fri modifikation, kanske man avhåller sig från en religion som heller inte är öppen för förändring. Ofta brukar det knoppa av nya sidogrenar eller helt fristående trosinriktningar när det händer, så går nog att ha översikt med.

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