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Re: The rxvt copyright

I have been in touch with John Bovey, the author of xvt (from which
rxvt was derived) and he is happy to change the licence terms to allow
commercial distribution.

Would you please look at the following, which is the licence I
suggested he use, and confirm that it complies with the DFSG?  I'm
pretty sure it does; I'd like a second opinion, though.  It's basically
a slightly less wordy version of the BSD licence.

(I also believe in adding a plain-English version to any legal-speak.)

Incidentally, is there any particular reason why most licences SHOUT
their disclaimer of warranty at you?  Does it have any legal


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] Copyright 1997 John Bovey, University of Kent at Canterbury.
] Redistribution and use in source code and/or executable forms, with or
] without modification, are permitted provided that the following condition
] is met:
] Any redistribution must retain the above copyright notice, this condition
] and the following disclaimer, either as part of the program source code
] included in the redistribution or in human-readable materials provided
] with the redistribution.
] THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS".  Any express or implied warranties
] concerning this software are disclaimed by the copyright holder to
] the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.  In no event shall the
] copyright-holder be liable for any damages of any kind, however caused
] and on any theory of liability, arising in any way out of the use of,
] or inability to use, this software.
] ----------------------------------------------------------------------
] In other words, do not misrepresent my work as your own work, and do
] not sue me if it causes problems.  Feel free to do anything else you
] wish with it!

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