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MORE JOEL ON SOFTWARE: Further Thoughts on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity by Joel Spolsky

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2000

Until yesterday, the FogBugz license said that you couldn't reverse engineer the program, attempt to look at the source code, or modify it in any way. Various honest people have asked how much we charge for a source license so that they could customize a few things.

Hmmm. Why does the license say you can't change the source code? I couldn't think of a single r eason. In fact, I thought of a lot of counter-reasons, and immediately changed the license agreement. So now you're going to have to sit through one of those old-fuddy-duddy stories from my past.

Way back in 1995, I was working at Viacom, where a small group of us hardy pioneers were building web sites for various Viacom ...

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