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Author Poul-Henning Kamp
Latest version 42
Published 2004
DFSG compatible No
FSF approved No
OSI approved No
GPL compatible No
Copyleft No

Beerware is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek term for software released under a very relaxed license (beerware licensed software). It provides the end user with the right to use a particular program (or do anything else with the source code).[1]


Should the user of the product meet the author and consider the software useful, they are encouraged to either buy the author a beer "in return" or drink one themselves. The Fedora project recognized the "version 42" beerware license variant as extremely permissive "Copyright only" Free and GPL compatible.[2]

Many variations on the beerware model have been created. Poul-Henning Kamp's beerware license is simple and short, in contrast to the GPL, which he has described as a "joke".[3] The full text of Kamp's license is:[4]

 * ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 * "THE BEER-WARE LICENSE" (Revision 42):
 * <phk@FreeBSD.ORG> wrote this file.  As long as you retain this notice you
 * can do whatever you want with this stuff. If we meet some day, and you think
 * this stuff is worth it, you can buy me a beer in return.   Poul-Henning Kamp
 * ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Wed, 31 Dec 2008 11:06:39 -0800

Opentracker, the BitTorrent tracker software utilized by The Pirate Bay, is released under a beerware license, meaning that anyone who uses it and meets the developer should buy him or her a beer. To fulfill the license, the German Pirate Party donated ...
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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:15:00 -0800

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:09:02 -0800

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Thu, 15 Sep 2011 01:47:14 -0700

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