Copyright and License Overview:

This document is to try to explain the key points and rules for using Crafty Syntax Live Help program and to try to quickly outline the main points of the copyright and licence so that web database programmers as well as general users have a clear idea as to what they can and can not do with my program.

First, CSLH is copyrighted by Eric Gerdes. Copyrights are a method of protecting the rights of the creator of certain types of works. I have copyrighted (and in some cases registered) each version release of CSLH to ensure that no one else takes credit for my work or any of the other programmers that have helped with the project. You must keep the copyright notice information in all of CSLH php files to inform the users of the creater. You can add addtional copyrights such as copyright 2003 - 2005 by Eric Gerdes and YOUR NAME HERE Also the link to my website is optional. For a proper discussion of copyright see http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/

Second, The program is licensed under the most widely used free software licence in the world : the GPL license.

You can visit the website above for full details but The main points of this license I would like to point out are:

  • The licensee MAY NOT use ANY part of CSLH in proprietary software. Any code created from part of CSLH makes the entire program subject to the terms of the GPL.
  • Since CSLH is released with all the code for all to use, Eric Gerdes does not want to see others steal it: The licensee may use it, as long as the licensee keep the copyright information and license information intact and show the identity of authorship of the code.
  • The licensee may redistribute, alter, create new free program from CSLH program and create modified versions but will need to state the new code created as "modified version of CSLH" In code code. Also the licensee must keep the copyright of the original code intact even if it is a modified version of the program and clause and modifations made. (seen in the comments o the code.)
  • If the licensee redistributes GPL code, it may not charge a licensing fee or royalty, However you may charge for distribution costs, installation and support fees.
  • If the licensee redistributes any code licensed under the GPL, the licensee must guarantee availability of the code for the entire work for unlimited replication by anyone requesting it.
  • This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
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