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The "Artistic License"
The intent of this document is to state the conditions under which a
Package may be copied, such that the Copyright Holder maintains some
semblance of artistic control over the development of the package, while
giving the users of the package the right to use and distribute the
Package in a more-or-less customary fashion, plus the right to make
reasonable modifications.
refers to the collection of files distributed by the Copyright
Holder, and derivatives of that collection of files created through
textual modification.
"Standard Version"
refers to such a Package if it has not been modified, or has been
modified in accordance with the wishes of the Copyright Holder as
specified below.
"Copyright Holder"
is whoever is named in the copyright or copyrights for the package.
is you, if you're thinking about copying or distributing this
"Reasonable copying fee"
is whatever you can justify on the basis of media cost, duplication
charges, time of people involved, and so on. (You will not be
required to justify it to the Copyright Holder, but only to the
computing community at large as a market that must bear the fee.)
"Freely Available"
means that no fee is charged for the item itself, though there may
be fees involved in handling the item. It also means that recipients
of the item may redistribute it under the same conditions they
received it.
1. You may make and give away verbatim copies of the source form of the
Standard Version of this Package without restriction, provided that
you duplicate all of the original copyright notices and associated
2. You may apply bug fixes, portability fixes and other modifications
derived from the Public Domain or from the Copyright Holder. A
Package modified in such a way shall still be considered the
Standard Version.
3. You may otherwise modify your copy of this Package in any way,
provided that you insert a prominent notice in each changed file
stating how and when you changed that file, and provided that you do
at least ONE of the following:
a) place your modifications in the Public Domain or otherwise make
them Freely Available, such as by posting said modifications to
Usenet or an equivalent medium, or placing the modifications on
a major archive site such as, or by allowing the
Copyright Holder to include your modifications in the Standard
Version of the Package.
b) use the modified Package only within your corporation or
c) rename any non-standard executables so the names do not conflict
with standard executables, which must also be provided, and
provide a separate manual page for each non-standard executable
that clearly documents how it differs from the Standard Version.
d) make other distribution arrangements with the Copyright Holder.
4. You may distribute the programs of this Package in object code or
executable form, provided that you do at least ONE of the following:
a) distribute a Standard Version of the executables and library
files, together with instructions (in the manual page or
equivalent) on where to get the Standard Version.
b) accompany the distribution with the machine-readable source of
the Package with your modifications.
c) give non-standard executables non-standard names, and clearly
document the differences in manual pages (or equivalent),
together with instructions on where to get the Standard Version.
d) make other distribution arrangements with the Copyright Holder.
5. You may charge a reasonable copying fee for any distribution of this
Package. You may charge any fee you choose for support of this
Package. You may not charge a fee for this Package itself. However,
you may distribute this Package in aggregate with other (possibly
commercial) programs as part of a larger (possibly commercial)
software distribution provided that you do not advertise this
Package as a product of your own. You may embed this Package's
interpreter within an executable of yours (by linking); this shall
be construed as a mere form of aggregation, provided that the
complete Standard Version of the interpreter is so embedded.
6. The scripts and library files supplied as input to or produced as
output from the programs of this Package do not automatically fall
under the copyright of this Package, but belong to whoever generated
them, and may be sold commercially, and may be aggregated with this
Package. If such scripts or library files are aggregated with this
Package via the so-called "undump" or "unexec" methods of producing
a binary executable image, then distribution of such an image shall
neither be construed as a distribution of this Package nor shall it
fall under the restrictions of Paragraphs 3 and 4, provided that you
do not represent such an executable image as a Standard Version of
this Package.
7. C subroutines (or comparably compiled subroutines in other
languages) supplied by you and linked into this Package in order to
emulate subroutines and variables of the language defined by this
Package shall not be considered part of this Package, but are the
equivalent of input as in Paragraph 6, provided these subroutines do
not change the language in any way that would cause it to fail the
regression tests for the language.
8. Aggregation of this Package with a commercial distribution is always
permitted provided that the use of this Package is embedded; that
is, when no overt attempt is made to make this Package's interfaces
visible to the end user of the commercial distribution. Such use
shall not be construed as a distribution of this Package.
9. The name of the Copyright Holder may not be used to endorse or
promote products derived from this software without specific prior
written permission.
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