Re: Hacking License
Hi, I've just published a new version of the Hacking License that
receipts some of the objections proposed on debian-legal and on
In particular, I have
1) removed requirement to change the logo (see  from Francesco Poli).
That requirements was not there to protect the brand of the authors but
to protect the users from being fooled to use a modified version
instead of the original;
2) left requirement to change the name, because the definition of "use"
already allows the users to store a Derived Work in place of the Hack;
3) clarified the permissions granted to organizations, that can only copy
and/or distribute the Hack (see  from Paul Jakma);
4) slighly improved the Preamble
The canonical url is still at http://www.tesio.it/documents/HACK.txt
I would really appreciate further feedbacks.
Our Curiosity serves Humanity through Freedom, Candor and Communion.
This license grants you the right to hack with us, to explore ways we
ignore and to challenge our assumptions by teaching us what you will learn.
For the purpose of this License:
- "License" refers to this License.
- "Copyright" means copyright-like laws that apply to other literary works.
- "Hack" refers to the software, the documentation and the contents
distributed under this License.
- "Hacker" refers to any Copyright holder of the Hack.
- "Human" is every live being with humans among its genetic ancestors.
- "Application" refers to a set of software exchanging data.
- "Runtime" refers to any runtime system, any operating system, any
virtual machine and/or any interpreter that is required to run the Hack.
- "Source" refers to the human-readable form of a software which is the
most convenient for people to study and modify, and that can be used
to generate a new identical copy of the software itself.
- "User" refers to any human receiving a copy of the Hack or its source
and/or performing any action permitted by this License.
- To "study" a software means to perform any activity that could help
the User to deeply understand it, to understand how to modify it or to
explain its usage and inner working to other Users.
- To "copy" means to create an new exact copy of a software, for any
purpose and on any medium, even after applying one or more lossless
transformations to the software, including, but not limited to,
compression or encryption.
- To "distribute" means any action that enables a human to perform any of
the activities permitted by this License.
- To "use" a software means to generate a new copy of the software from
its source, to run it for any purpose, to install it, to interact with
it through any medium or proxy (even asynchronously), to provide data
used for its input or to consume its output (or any part of it), and/or
to store and use a Derived Work in place of the software itself.
- To "wrap" a software means to integrate it into an Application.
The programs that collect, store, transform and/or transfer data
for the User or between the User and the Hack are called "Wrappers".
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modified version of such programs, libraries, Runtime that are required
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wrap, modify and/or distribute the Wrapper and/or the Application
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