[rescue] spam WPOISON

Jonathan C. Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Mon Sep 8 14:21:37 CDT 2003

On Mon, 8 Sep 2003, Dave McGuire wrote:

>    This looks like very good stuff.  I'm going to install it this
> afternoon...and I'd suggest anyone with bandwidth and a server do the
> same.  This is the best weapon against spammers that I've seen.

I would, but I don't agree to the terms of the license:

# 2. All advertising materials mentioning features or use of this software
#    must display the following acknowledgement:
#      This product includes software developed by Ronald F. Guilmette.

Does my website itself count as "advertising materials"?  What about
when I hand out my URL on business cards and such?

# 4. Either a copy of, or a link to the official Wpoison logo graphic
#    (which may be found at http://www.monkeys.com/wpoison/logo.gif) must be
#     included in, and clearly and legibly visible on the home page of
#     any
#     web site which uses, employs, includes, or makes reference to this
#     software or any derivative or modified version thereof.

And if the logo changes?

#     Also, the
#     official Wpoison logo itself must be include in an HTML hyperlink
#     so that any usser clicking on any part of the logo image will be
#     directed/linked to the Wpoison home page at:
#       http://www.monkeys.com/wpoison/

Never mind that this:

  1) Isn't my problem, since the "official logo" is maintained by the
  2) Is technically impossible unless the logo were converted to a
     Java applet or a Shockwave/Flash object.

#     In order to satisfy this requirement, you may simply include the
#     following HTML code somewhere (anywhere) on your web site home
#     page:

Anywhere?  How about inside a comment?

#       <A HREF="http://www.monkeys.com/wpoison/">
#               <IMG SRC="http://www.monkeys.com/wpoison/logo.gif">
#       </A>

This is totally unacceptable.  I'll include a link, but they can go fuck
themselves if they're going to dictate a LOGO on the front page my
website.  Their idea for the program isn't that complicated, and there's
no reason that someone can't write a program that does the same thing
with a less demanding license.

Jonathan Patschke   )  "Gamer weenies...are the sludge at the bottom
Elgin, TX          (    of the user swamp."           --Gary Nichols

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