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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.
* "Package" 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.
* "Copyright Holder" is whoever is named in the copyright or
copyrights for the package.
* "You" is you, if you're thinking about copying or distributing
this Package.
* "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 disclaimers.
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
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
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) accompany any non-standard executables with their
corresponding Standard Version executables, giving the
non-standard executables non-standard names, and clearly
documenting 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
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.
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 whomever generated
them, and may be sold commercially, and may be aggregated with this
7. C or perl subroutines supplied by you and linked into this Package
shall not be considered part of this Package.
8. 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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