While creating a couple of plugins and themes for WordPress I became confused, disillusioned and disenchanted with the various copyright licenses found around the net. I didn’t want anything so “legal-y” because, well frankly I’m not going to have the time, energy or patience to actually enforce it. Plus, I’m giving these things away for free!
So I decided to create my own licence as follows. Feel free to use / link to it if you feel it meets your needs, and suggestions for improvement are welcome.
The Nice Person Freeware License, version 1.0
The software referencing this license was distributed free of charge and free from any warranty of fitness for any particular purpose whatsoever. The author simply created and released the software because (s)he was a Nice Person.
Users are encouraged to use, modify, distribute, improve and otherwise manipulate the code. After all, it’s free.
The author sincerely hopes that end users enjoy and appreciate the hard work that went into creating it, and would appreciate being referenced in future modifications of the code since it was based on the author’s original concept and work.
Certain authors may make a personal request such as for donations, links, friendly comments, etc., however those requests are not tied to the use or enjoyment of the software.
Users are nonetheless encouraged to provide reciprocity whenever possible as it provides positive reinforcement and encouragement to Nice People. Furthermore, the recommended minimum reciprocation would be to leave a ‘thank you’ comment on the author’s Web site.
If there are any creative digital artists out there that could come up with a logo/button for the Nice Person license please feel free to let me know and I’ll add it to this page.