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IMPORTANT: Updated license to modified BSD license!

In short: don't worry, appledoc is still free and will remain so, you can still use it, modify it as well as use generated documentation etc. for any kind of projects - free or commercial!

In long :) I'm primarily developer and don't care about legal stuff, so I didn't take much time to consider this part before. I always wanted to contribute to the community and open the tool to anybody with minimal constraints and will continue to do so in the future. But to prevent potential misuse in today's crazy money-oriented-regardless-of-consequences world :) I took some time to go through at least basic considerations of the way I want to see appledoc go in the future. After all the time I've invested in the tool, this seemed proper to do...

That being said, the main reason for switching from MIT to BSD is clearer text in BSD. But generally both licenses are practically the same and are among most liberal open source licenses :)

I did add one additional requirement to the license and that is to attribute appledoc in generated documentation, your website or similar. I think this is quite sensible and shouldn't interfere with open source-ness of the tool a bit.

If for whatever reason you cannot agree to the license, but want to use appledoc or documentation it generates, feel free to contact me as indicated in the readme file and I'll do my best to help you out and find workable solution!
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@@ -15,6 +15,8 @@ Main goals of appledoc:
To make your experience with appledoc as smooth as possible, we warmly suggest reading this whole document as well as all online documentation mentioned in "using appledoc" section below!
+Usage of appledoc is allowed under the terms listed in LICENSE section at the bottom of this file!
+
Want to keep updated? Follow us on Twitter - [@gentlebytes](http://twitter.com/gentlebytes).
@@ -64,24 +66,40 @@ Have problems? This is what you can do to troubleshoot:
4. If you think you found a bug or want to request new feature, go to [appledoc issues page](https://github.com/tomaz/appledoc/issues). First read existing issues to see if there is already a request there (if you're using master branch, also read closed issues as your request may have already been covered but isn't yet merged on master branch). You can vote on existing requests to help us decide which features to concetrate on or you can add a comment to aid in solving it. If you don't find the request there, create a new issue; include parts of source files that give you problems if possible and/or description or steps that lead to it.
5. If you're having problems with some of your source files and don't want to publish them online, you can contact us through email below. We'll do our best to help you out, but bear in mind appledoc is not commercial product; it's created and maintaned in our spare time, so resources are limited.
+Developer notes
+---------------
+
+If you wish to contribute, see Developer Notes file for short overview of how appledoc works internally.
+
+
Minimum system requirements
---------------------------
- Xcode 3.2 or greater for compiling
- OS X 10.6 for running
-LICENCE
+LICENSE
=======
-appledoc is licenced with MIT licence as stated below. Basically you can use it whatever way you wish, including in commercial projects. Although you don't have to, we'd appreciate you link back to us from your product or web page/blog:
+appledoc is licensed with modified BSD license. In plain language: you're allowed to do whatever you wish with the code, modify, redistribute, embed in your products (free or commercial), but you must include copyright, terms of usage and disclaimer as stated in the license, the same way as any other BSD licensed code. You can of course use documentation generated by appledoc for your products (free or commercial), but you must attribute appledoc either in documentation itself or other appropriate place such as your website.
+
+If for whatever reason you cannot agree to these terms, contact us through contact form on [our about page](http://gentlebytes.com/about), we'll do our best to help you out you out and find a workable solution!
+
+
+ Copyright (c) 2009-2011, Gentle Bytes
+ All rights reserved.
+
+ Redistribution and use in source, binary forms and generated documentation, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
+
+ - Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
-Copyright (c) 2009-2010 Gentle Bytes
+ - Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
-Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
+ - Redistributions of documentation generated by appledoc must include attribution to appledoc, either in documentation itself or other appropriate media.
-The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
+ - Neither the name of the appledoc, Gentle Bytes nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.
-THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.
+ THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
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