I loved this version of the BSD open source licence in rhyme so much that I thought I would have to reproduce it here.

NOTE: The author does not like the poem to be reproduced anywhere other than in his page (the poem is ironically posted with All Rights Reserved). One of my biggest pet-peeves is when open source advocates become proprietary when the chips are down.

ETA: The author explains why the licence is under all rights reserved:

“The original is OSI-approved, but the verse version certainly is not, and so should not be used for software. To make sure that does not become the case, I retain all copyright rights for now.”

Fair enough, but it still seems ironic that a free licence is adapted into an all rights reserved work.

ETA 2: The story has been picked up by French site Numerama.

Categories: Open source



Brett Glass · October 16, 2010 at 9:50 am

Too wordy. I prefer the "Limerick License:" http://ow.ly/2Uuyd


    Andres · October 16, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Thanks, I agree 🙂


Alex · May 31, 2013 at 11:34 am


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