While bopping around online the other day, I ran across a gentleman who self-published a book on a fairly technical subject. It’s not the first time I’ve seen it done, especially with programming books, but his license caught me completely off guard.
Now, I’m currently releasing work under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License (cc by-nc-sa), which is a handy way of saying that you’re allowed to share my writing with friends (or even strangers), remix or rewrite it to your heart’s content, and even make your own derivative works, just as long as you do so for free, credit me as the original author, and retain the same license terms. That’s fairly permissive, I think.
This fellow definitely has me beat, though. Here’s his license agreement:
Introduction to Data Communications since Revision 2.0 has the following licensing agreement. You are allowed to use it, view it, modify it without permission of the author Eugene Blanchard, provided that you agree to the following:
- That you will try to be a better person today than yesterday.
- That you will exercise your body as well as your mind.
- That you will tell the persons dear to you that you love them.
- That you will defend the rights of those who are unable to defend themselves.
- That you will not hurt your family members emotionally or physically.
- That you will respect your elders and care for them in time of need.
- That you will respect the rights of others in their religious beliefs.
- That you will respect the rights of others in their sexual orientation.
- That every man, woman and child has the right to be here and is equal regardless of race, creed or color.
- That you will act honorably in all aspects of your personal and business life.
- That your family is first and foremost the most important thing in your life.
- That when you make a mistake, that you admit it and make amends.
I never once imagined that the terms of a copyright license could make me smile like that, so I thought I’d share. And even though I haven’t actually read his book, I think may try to follow the terms of its license a little better anyway.