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The Anti-Capitalist Software License Comrade 08/19/2020 (Wed) 20:26:18 No. 4240
https://anticapitalist.software/ >What is the Anti-Capitalist Software License? The Anti-Capitalist Software License (ACSL) is a software license towards a world beyond capitalism. This license exists to release software that empowers individuals, collectives, worker-owned cooperatives, and nonprofits, while denying usage to those that exploit labor for profit. >How is the Anti-Capitalist Software License different from other licenses? Existing licenses, including free and open source licenses, generally consider qualities like source code availability, commercialization, and attribution, none of which speak directly to the conditions under which the software is written. Instead, the ACSL considers the organization licensing the software, how they operate in the world, and how the people involved relate to one another. The Anti-Capitalist Software License is not an open source software license. It does not allow unrestricted use by any group in any field of endeavor, an allowance that further entrenches established powers. It does not release your project to the creative commons or public domain, nor does it require derived source code to be made available. The availability of source code is less important than the organization of software labor. Commerce and capitalism are not the same thing, and the commercialization of ACSL software is allowed, provided the organizations that do so are not organized along capitalist lines. The ACSL is explicitly intended to provide such organizations and individuals with a competitive advantage so that they may survive under capitalism, and outlive it. >Why would I want to use this license? The ACSL is right for you if you want your code to empower students, artists, hobbyists, collectives, cooperatives and nonprofits to survive under capitalism while not contributing free labor to corporations. The ACSL is right for you if you reject the status quo, believe better things are possible, and want to act on your beliefs. The ACSL is right for you if you carry a new world in your heart, and in your code. >What if this license doesn’t fit my needs? The ACSL was built in response to, and out of, other licenses. We fully encourage you to adapt, expand, or edit the language of the ACSL to meet the needs of your project, or to use it as a starting place for something new.
>>4240 <Copyright © [year] [copyright holders] <This is anti-capitalist software, released for free use by individuals and organizations that do not operate by <capitalist principles. <Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person or organization (the "User") obtaining a copy of this <software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including <without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the <Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: <1. The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies of the Software. <2. The User is one of the following: <a. An individual person <b. An organization of people that does not seek profit <c. An organization of people that seeks shared profit for all its members and does not exploit the labor of non-members <3. If the User is an organization with owners, then all owners are workers and all workers are owners with equal share. <4. If the User is an organization, then the User is not law enforcement or military, or working under either. <THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE <WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS BE <LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT <OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE. The point 2c is insufficiently worded to avoid bypassing this software licence via subcontracting, because in bourgeois law "exploit the labor" means not paying a worker at all. It does not mean what socialist mean by exploitation, where workers don't receive a wage that can be exchanged for an equivalent amount of embodied labour time. If I were to use this, i would add another point that prohibits the use for organisations that engage in subcontracting.
Friendly reminder not to use licenses like these, because they cannot be enforced in court, and as non-free liceses, they excerpt illegitamate control over their users. And even if that's fixed, it's cringe, and reeks of a radlib mentality.
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How is this better than AGPL?
>>4241 As a free market capitalist myself, I see the concept of this license being a very ethical and efficient means to keep open source tech innovations out of the hands of corporations
Yeah there’s no way a lawyer edited this shit. sorry
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> Hey guys! I had a great idea! Why don't we abolish capitalism by > a violent revolution > a general strike > voting > software licenses and copyright law?
just use gpl you crackers
>>4243 What the fuck is AGPL?
>>4289 GPL for backend pajeets.
>>4289 Variant of GPL that makes corporations seethe the most. It protects against service-as-a-software-substitute.
>>4291 what's the difference between GPL3 and AGPL3?
>>4289 If you give someone a binary compiled from source code protected by the GPL, you are legally obliged to give them the source code too. With the AGPL this is still true, but you also have to provide the source code if the user accesses your system through a network connection (instead of running it on their own hardware).
Would be based if FSF had reverse engineering lawyers


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