The Based License

So yea, I made my own code license, the

Based License.

I love copyleft, but I feel that licenses such as the (A)GPL and MPL are just too bloated and advanced. I also like the PAM license, but it's not copyleft. So I up and wrote my own.

Hopefully you'll consider it for your own projects, I'll be using it for all mine going forward!

Click below to view the license:

                   The Based License v1.3.6

Used by <software author(s)> on <day month year>
Written by Kainoa Kanter (ThatOneCalculator) on 1 March, 2022


Questions, comments, or concerns? Open an issue here:
or send me an email at <>.

A non-legally binding summary of the license can be found here:


While the software author(s) can modifify the based license, you have to state below if it was and if so,
how it was modified.

Have the license terms been modified? If so, how was it modified?
* No, the terms in this copy of the based license has not been modified. *



All copies of this software that are redistributed (INCLUDING modifications to the software)
must have their source code easily and publicly available, and also be licensed under the based license.
That means that this is a copyleft license. If the software does not contain a copy of this license, you
can obtain a copy from .

The author of this software has the right to claim the software as their own, and while anyone can contribute
to, redistribute, and modify this software (under the based license), they cannot claim it as their own software,
and credits must be given to the original author(s) of this software.

This software is provided with no warranty. If the device you're running this on gets messed up because of
this software, that's on you reading this for not auditing the code before running this software.

This software cannot be used to mint or produce NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) or any other similar smart-contract
based proof-of-ownership scheme. This includes the source code, binaries, screenshots, artifacts produced,
websites, the name of the software, or anything else from or of this software.

If this software depends on other software dependencies under different licenses, the parts that are used under
different licenses must be stated clearly in the software or in documentation. If this software depends on any
non-free network services, that must also be stated clearly in the software or in documentation.

This software cannot be used as a dependency in other software that is closed source.

This software can be used for corporate/for-profit purposes as long as it follows every guideline in the based 
license, including the fact that all components of said software must be open source. Binaries of this software
can be sold, as long as they're bundled with the based license and a link to the source code.

By using this software, you agree to the terms above. If you break the terms of this license, the author(s) of the 
software this copy of the based license is being used for have the right to pursue legal action against you if
violations are not resolved within one week (7 days) after being notified by the software author(s).


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(The above ASCII art isn't a legally binding part of the license.)