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Re: gnuplot license

Sorry for replying to myself, but the following from the FAQ:

>     Gnuplot is freeware in the sense that you don't have to pay for
>     it. However it is not freeware in the sense that you would be
>     allowed to distribute a modified version of your gnuplot
>     freely. Please read and accept the Copyright file in your
>     distribution.

contradicts the following from the same FAQ:

    1.7 Legalize it!

    Gnuplot is freeware authored by a collection of volunteers, who
    cannot make any legal statement about the compliance or
    non-compliance of gnuplot or its uses. There is also no warranty
    whatsoever. Use at your own risk.

Here is the Copyright file verbatim:

 * Copyright 1986 - 1993, 1998   Thomas Williams, Colin Kelley
 * Permission to use, copy, and distribute this software and its
 * documentation for any purpose with or without fee is hereby
 * granted, provided that the above copyright notice appear in all
 * copies and that both that copyright notice and this permission
 * notice appear in supporting documentation.
 * Permission to modify the software is granted, but not the right to
 * distribute the complete modified source code.  Modifications are to
 * be distributed as patches to the released version.  Permission to
 * distribute binaries produced by compiling modified sources is
 * granted, provided you
 *   1. distribute the corresponding source modifications from the
 *    released version in the form of a patch file along with the
 *    binaries,
 *   2. add special version identification to distinguish your version
 *    in addition to the base release version number,
 *   3. provide your name and address as the primary contact for the
 *    support of your modified version, and
 *   4. retain our contact information in regard to use of the base
 *    software.
 * Permission to distribute the released version of the source code
 * along  with corresponding source modifications in the form of a patch file
 * is granted with same provisions 2 through 4 for binary distributions.
 * This software is provided "as is" without express or implied
 *  warranty to the extent permitted by applicable law.

Good luck


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die for.  The problem is, they usually want the rest of us to die for it too.

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