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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
"Package" refers to the collection of files distributed by the Copyright
Holder, and derivatives of that collection of files created through textual
"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
"Copyright Holder" is whoever is named in the copyright or copyrights for the
"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 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
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
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) 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 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.
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 Package.
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
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