Editorial

May these words find you hale and wholly ready for new beginnings.

This issue features some excellent architectural and urban photography, mysterious entries from another world, a languid yet colourful travelogue, a choose-your-own-adventure game, humorous writings and illustrations on topics of import, as well guides to enhance your auditory and computering experience. The artistry and deep insight of townies continue to amaze and delight.

The release marks my first occasion of producing a webzine edition, although by no means the zine's first HTML version. Some things have changed since that first attempt to reconstruct the zine through a dubious combination of Inkscape pre-96 DPI and a Python 2 slides utility. Software bitrots. People arrive and depart. Friends, mentors, strangers. Inflection points. Somewhere along the continuum, the way forward is change — a zine worth reading is not afraid do differently, however slightly.

A big thanks to this issue's contributors and readers — your continued interest and support are what make this zine possible. おつかれさま。



~mio

January 2024

NEW FREE CULTURE LICENSES

NEW FREE CULTURE LICENSES
by Case Duckworth

Free culture licensing is its own special bugbear.  While pioneers like the GPL, ISC, and WTFPL have served their purpose, with the advent of source-available but non-libre licenses and ensnaring of public works by corporate interests, it's time we take a new tack.

To that end, I propose a license from what I call the "Poison Pill" class.  These are licenses that are so nonsensical that any entity with an actual legal department won't use them out of terror; however, normal, every day people have no such strict adherence to legalese and can enjoy them as the art they are in themselves.  In this submission, I've included four such licenses.

You may use any of these licenses for any project forever. You can't hold me responsible if a copyright lawyer falls in love with you, though.

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FIGHT CLUB PUBLIC LICENSE.

This Software is free to use and modify, provided the following conditions are met:

1. You don't talk about its License.
2. YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT ITS LICENSE.
3. If someone yells stop, goes limp, taps out, you must stop using the Software.
4. Only two guys may use a single copy of the License.
5. Only one copy of the License may be in use at any time.
6. No shirts, no shoes.
7. Use of the Software will go on as long as it has to.
8. If this is your first time using the Software, you must abide by its License.

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1993 LICENSE.

This Software is the property of <AUTHOR>.  Its use, modification, and redistribution are completely restricted unless the Licensee meets the following criteria:

1. Born after 1993
2. Be Bisexual
3. Eat Hot Chip
4. Charge they Phone
5. Lie

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PET ROCK PUBLIC LICENSE, version 1.0.
This license is released under the ROCK RELEASE PUBLIC LICENSE, version 1.0 or higher.  You may use it in your projects provided you follow the stipulations in the RRPL.

The attached Work is free to use, modify, redistribute, or otherwise abuse, provided the following conditions are met:

1. You must adopt a stray rock.

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ROCK RELEASE PUBLIC LICENSE, version 1.0.
This license is released under the PET ROCK PUBLIC LICENSE, version 1.0 or higher.  You may use it in your projects provided you follow the stipulations in the PRPL.

The attached Work is free to use, modify, redistribute, or otherwise improve, provided the following conditions are met:

1. You must release a captive rock into the wild.*

* (We suggest throwing it at a tree.)

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If you've enjoyed these licenses and would like to see more like them, visit my compendium at <https://funputer.biz/licenses>.  I am also aware of a list at <https://git.tilde.town/dozens/licenses>, if you can't wait for me to get my act together.

Also, if you think of or discover another, please email me at <acdw at acdw dot net> or otherwise contact me for its inclusion in the compendium.  Together we can make our works unusable by corporate interests!