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GNU General Public License Version 3
The GNU General Public License v3.0 -GNU Project -Free Software Foundation
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html[6/26/14 11:35:43 AM]
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To do so, attach the following notices to the program. It is safest to attach them to the start of each source
file to most effectively state the exclusion of warranty and each file should have at least the “copyright” line
and a pointer to where the full notice is found.
one line to give the program's name and a brief idea of what it does.
Copyright (C) year name of author
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.
Also add information on how to contact you by electronic and paper mail.
If the program does terminal interaction, make it output a short notice like this when it starts in an interactive
program Copyright (C) year name of author
This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY for details type `show w'.
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions type `show c' for details.
The hypothetical commands `show w' and `show c' should show the appropriate parts of the General Public
License. Of course, your program's commands might be different for a GUI interface, you would use an
“about box”.
You should also get your employer (if you work as a programmer) or school, if any, to sign a “copyright
disclaimer” for the program, if necessary. For more information on this, and how to apply and follow the
GNU GPL, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.
The GNU General Public License does not permit incorporating your program into proprietary programs. If
your program is a subroutine library, you may consider it more useful to permit linking proprietary
applications with the library. If this is what you want to do, use the GNU Lesser General Public License
instead of this License. But first, please read http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/why-not-lgpl.html.
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