Douglas Crockford at the "Browser Wars: Episode II Attack of the DOMs" event on 2007-02-28
|Alma mater||San Francisco State University|
Crockford worked on the computerization of media at Atari, Lucasfilm, and Paramount. He became something of a cult figure on video game oriented listservs in the early 1990s after he posted his memoir "The Expurgation of Maniac Mansion" to a videogaming bulletin board; the memoir documented his efforts to censor the computer game Maniac Mansion to Nintendo's satisfaction so that they could release it as a cartridge, and Crockford's mounting frustrations as Nintendo's demands became more obscure and confusing.
In 2002, in reference to President George Bush's war on "evildoers", Crockford added the requirement "The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil" to the open source MIT License for his JSMin software. This clause was carried over to JSMin-PHP, a variation of JSMin by Ryan Grove. This software was hosted on Google Code until December 2009 when, due to the additional clause, Google determined that the license was not compliant with the definition of open source software, which does not permit any restriction on how software may be used. JSMin-PHP was forced to migrate to a new hosting provider.
Despite its humorous intent, the "evil" clause has continued to cause problems for open source software developers when they inadvertently use code based on Crockford's version of the MIT License, and has inspired criticism of Crockford from affected open source developers as recently as November 2012. Crockford has refused to change the license terms despite numerous requests.
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- JSON: The Fat-Free Alternative to XML, Douglas Crockford, December 6, 2006
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