BipCot NoGov license

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The BipCot NoGov License allows any use of software, media, products or services EXCEPT by governments. The BipCot NoGov License threatens no “government guns” for violators. It is not copyright-based, it is entirely shame-based.

(Read about important update in v1.12. It adds the removable “mailman exception.”)

Download BipCot NoGov Software License v1.12 (for computer software)
Download BipCot NoGov Media License v1.12 (for books, music, films, podcasts, products, services, etc.)
— Or just grab the printable all-purpose short-form version, HERE.

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Get a BipCot flag for only 16 dollars!

Some people also use the BipCot NoGov license to substitute for a government business license or license to conduct a particular type of business, marriage licenses, etc.

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You’ll want to replace (website / game / product / food, service, etc) with whatever your thing being licensed is.

The easiest thing to do is just fly a BipCot flag. You can get a lovely 3×5 foot BipCot flag for $16 here.

In a pinch, you can even just PRINT OUT THIS SIGN and hang it on the thing you want to license. That happens with a lot of vendors and their products each year at Porcfest. It’s the all-purpose short-form version, very visible from a distance, and perfect for public events where people aren’t going to bother to read the tiny legalese of the full license.

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Print them two-up (half a letter-size sheet) and cut in half to make two licenses. Then each one is the same size as state licenses like liquor licenses and business licenses:

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Photoshop file to make a custom version is HERE.

We invite others to use the license as they please. License is covered by the license itself, i.e. it is not for use by governments, and there are no warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

Note: if the thing being licensed is a website or product in public (like the recipe for your cookies at a food kiosk, or the design of pipes in a headshop), you don’t have to print out the whole license. It is acceptable to simply use our blue BipCot Logo, and link our site, along with this text:

THIS (website / game / product / podcast, food, 3D model, service, etc.) COVERED BY A BipCot NoGov LICENSE. USE AND RE-USE BY ANYONE EXCEPT GOVERNMENTS OR THEIR AGENTS IS OK.

MORE INFO: WWW.BipCot.ORG

Click the image to get the Photoshop template

BipCot license for driving on those private libertarian roads. Click the image to get the Photoshop template by Derrick J. Thanks @Yourrigisred and @MAVMCQ

 

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Please post a comment below if you use this license, and please link the license here at:
http://bipcot.org/

The BipCot NoGov License is THE BEASTLICK INTERNET POLICY COMMISSION Outreach Team 7-Clause No-Government license. It is a derivation of the BSD 3-Clause license with references to copyright removed, and these 4 additional clauses added:

— Governments, and agents and subcontractors of same, are not permitted to use this software or derivations of this software.


— If governments, agents and subcontractors of same use this software, or derivations of this software, all agencies and persons directly and knowingly involved may be shamed in public, by name, on the Internet, on radio, and in any media now extant or invented in the future, throughout the known universe and elsewhere, in perpetuity. Governments, agents and subcontractors of same that use this software, or derivations of this software, agree to endure this shaming, without comment or action.


— Any person or entity that violates any part of this agreement will also be shamed as above, and agrees to endure this shaming, without comment or action.


— The BipCot NoGov License uses the first 3 clauses of the 3-Clause BSD license (Berkeley Software Distribution license) and the BSD “as is” text at the end. The 3-Clause BSD license is in the Public Domain. However, there is no partnership or endorsement created or implied between the creators or users of The BipCot NoGov License and the creators or users of the BSD license, or vise versa

Therefore the full BipCot NoGov License reads as:

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BipCot NoGov License (www.bipcot.org), version 1 / No warranty of usability of <NAME OF PROGRAM> software.

This original computer code and resulting program was made by license holder <PROGRAMMERS / COMPANY>, <YEAR>. All rights to make fun of you reserved. <URL>.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

1. Redistributions of source code must retain the entirety of this license.

2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the entirety of this license.

3. Neither the name of the license holder nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

4. Governments, and agents and subcontractors of same, are not permitted to use this software or derivations of this software.

5. If governments, agents and subcontractors of same use this software, or derivations of this software, all agencies and persons directly and knowingly involved may be shamed in public, by name, on the Internet, on radio, and in any media now extant or invented in the future, throughout the known universe and elsewhere, in perpetuity. Governments, agents and subcontractors of same that use this software, or derivations of this software, agree to endure this shaming, without comment or action.

6. Any person or entity that violates any part of this agreement will also be shamed as above, and agrees to endure this shaming, without comment or action.

7. The BipCot NoGov License adapts the first 3 clauses of the 3-Clause BSD license (Berkeley Software Distribution license) and adapts the BSD “as is” text at the end. The 3-Clause BSD license is in the Public Domain. However, there is no partnership or endorsement created or implied between the creators or users of The BipCot NoGov License and the creators or users of the BSD license, or vise versa.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE LICENSE HOLDER AND CONTRIBUTORS “AS IS” AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE LICENSE HOLDER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

=-==-=-=END LICENSE-=-==-=-=-

BipCot NoGov license version 1 approved approved 2/19/15.

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26 thoughts on “BipCot NoGov license

  1. You come up with such interesting concepts.

    I’m sure some form of this will go forward.

    Only thing, if The Government doesn’t follow its own highest rule (Constitution) why would they follow yours? Maybe we just need a Snowden type whistle blower every couple of years. And more innovators like you!

    Respectfully,
    Dan

  2. Thank you Dan!

    I know they don’t follow their rules. I just want them to have to click “I Agree” to being shamed. That’s a fun thought.

    Worms!
    MWD

  3. ” Is “shame” actually a restriction?”

    No, I think in this case clauses 5 and 6 serve as a liquidated damages.

    However clause 4 is a clear restirction against a feild on endeavor (government work).

    I do like the idea of goverrnment agents agreeing to be shamed, but it may be less problematic to strike clause 4 and to say whoever uses this software while engaged in goverment businnes weather as official, agent, or subcontractor… It’s still arguably not really Open Source per the trademark. May just be best to call it a permissive licence. Maybe call it a voluntary source license?

  4. Just thought of another great use for #bipcot licensing: NoGov free Wi-Fi hotspots. NO FREE BROWSING FOR THE STATE. Plus, if they try, logging can help in the shaming process. (power hungry wackos must be into weird sheep and midget porn.)

    Worms!

  5. HYPERCRONIUS, the first game I’ve developed for Zomia Offlines Games (zomiaofflinegames.com), I think may be the very first game using the BipCot NoGov license. Thanks, MWD!

  6. The Seeds of Liberty Podcast and Abolitionist Abstractions (my mini show/rant on our network) are now both covered by the BipCot NoGov license! Wormz!!!

  7. Of course this is a spoof right? It is not possible or legal to declare one’s self exempt from any legal jurisdiction simply by printing a sign amounting to, ‘You aren’t the boss of me.’ anywhere in America. It seems what BipCot.org is promoting is anarchism and that generally does not go over well unless those purposing it are well-funded, well-informed and seek to make changes from within the system, not as if they were totally exempted from it. Whoa, good luck with that.

  8. The Zombies, Government, and You podcast is proud to fly the BipCot NoGov flag/license.Thanks for all you do MWD and crew, you are great benefactors of the cause of Liberty. Feen on!

  9. I like this idea…. I think. I dont fully understand it. Some of my AnCap friends sent me here.

    Very interesting. I would like to add this to my sight, once I fully understand this concept.

  10. What I mean is requiring copies or adaptations of the work to be released under the same or similar licence as the original.

    Copyleft like with GNU GPL or CC BY SA.

    BSD is quite a permissive license. So much so that forking and sublicensing Hit’nRun tactics can be an issue.

  11. That’s not really in the spirit of BipCot, of “any use.” I’m not a communist like Richard Stallman.

  12. You say that your license isn’t copyright-based. If it’s not copyright based then your license is null and void. It’s only considered not copyright based if you’re placing material in the public domain, which you’re not. The copyright law applies here (as it does with all Open Source licenses) because you haven’t expressly said it doesn’t, which is good, otherwise your license doesn’t have any teeth or legal standing.

  13. Howie-not-very-hardcore,

    There are so many errors in what you wrote, I’m not going to bother.

    You don’t “get” BipCot. That’s because you live in Massachusetts.

    Are you voting for Bernie? You remind me of Bernie supporters: totally sure you’re right, even when you’re wrong. You

    Please note though: BipCot is NOT an Open Source license, and that “ruling” came from the Open Source Initiative. See the screenshots on this page:
    http://bipcot.org/?page_id=29
    under the heading “Is your license open source?”

    MWD

  14. I dig this!!! as a future business owner this may be the only licences i rep!!!

    I was curious to know if there was an equivalent of a permit that could be alike this… i know permits for building or various doings alike are sanctioned by the local government of the state. I am attempting to supersede that money/time vacuum and various other snags that are involved (state/national code, inspection, even mineral/land/water rights [not to go against the constitution, but to achieve an all inclusive “ownership”]) … i understand that is another avenue that is not exactly pertaining to this voluntary licence. my goal is to attain all the foot holds necessary to be aside from the governments follys, and build what ever i feel fit to and have a non profit 3rd party validate it (because i will probably be told to be on the grid and various other “necessities”) and they dont have to answer to the government nor do i have to wait/delay to take action. to have an uninhibited ground, and be as an equal to the government in terms of rights?

    any ideas rock!
    ~Be-On

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