We protect your rights with two steps: (1) copyright the software,
and (2) oer you this license which gives you legal permission to
copy, distribute and/or modify the software.
Also, for each author’s protection and ours, we want to make
certain that everyone understands that there is no warranty for
this free software. If the software is modied by someone else and
passed on, we want its recipients to know that what they have is
not the original, so that any problems introduced by others will
not reect on the original authors’ reputations.
Finally, any free program is threatened constantly by software
patents. We wish to avoid the danger that redistributors of a free
program will individually obtain patent licenses, in eect making
the program proprietary. To prevent this, we have made it clear
that any patent must be licensed for everyone’s free use or not
licensed at all.
The precise terms and conditions for copying, distribution and
Terms & conditions for copying, distribution, & modication
0. This License applies to any program or other work which
contains a notice placed by the copyright holder saying it may
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The “Program”, below, refers to any such program or work, and
a “work based on the Program” means either the Program or
any derivative work under copyright law: that is to say, a work
containing the Program or a portion of it, either verbatim or
with modications and/or translated into another language.
(Hereinafter, translation is included without limitation in the
term “modication”.) Each licensee is addressed as “you”.
Activities other than copying, distribution and modication are
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