LateNiteHacking Software Licenses

Apparently I've finally written something that people are finding useful and the issue of licensing has come up. I think that large chunks of irrelevant legalese at the top of every source file are ugly, as are large copyright notices printed in every run of a program. I put source code and executables on my web site so people can use them, so I don't feel the need to try to attach a huge list of legal restrictions. For a long time, I didn't attach any license information. However, I recently attended a presentation about licenses and open source licenses in particular. What I learned was that without a license, other people have no legal access to the software I've written. You cannot use what I've written until I grant you that right. If I don't grant a license, the people who are trying to be properly respectful are out of luck. So, here is my attempt to help these people out.

Basically, all the software I've written and am distributing from this site is available under a slightly simplified MIT license which I'll call the LateNightHacking Free Software License. It's unfortunate to have to create another license, but I want to make some small changes so what can you do? My intent is to say that you are free to do whatever you want with this software, and I promise nothing (which means it may erase your hard drive, bring down your network, and attract hordes of Microsoft lawyers). Free as in beer, you get what you pay for.

Of course, someday I may want to distribute something under a different license. In that case, I'll put that information here as well (which is why the page title is plural. :)

If it is not clear what license applies to something on my site, just ask. It'll take a while for me to update things. Also, if the license isn't cutting it for you for some reason, please contact me and we can probably work something out. :)

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