Awesome Douglas Crockford Quote

Jul3109Jul 31, 09

Doug Crockford includes the following line in all of his licenses:
The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil.

Watching his most recent presentation in the YUI Theatre series, Doug talked about the hilarious emails his special licensing terms cause:

About once a year, I get a letter from a lawyer at a company - I don't want to embarrass the company by saying their name, so I'll just say their initials - IBM [laughter] ... Saying that they want to use something that I wrote in something that they wrote, and their pretty sure they weren't going to use it for evil, but they couldn't say for sure about their customers - so could I give them a special license for that. So, of course I wrote back - this happened literally two weeks ago - and I said:

I give permission to IBM, its customers, partners, and minions, to use JSLint for evil.

And the attorney wrote back and said 'Thanks very much, Douglas!'.

That's definitely the best quote I've heard in a very long time.

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laura#
haha.. that's awesome.
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