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The Artistic License For Realpolitik

The intent of this document is to state the conditions under which
a Package may be copied, such that the Copyright Holder maintains
some semblance of artistic control over the development of the
package, while giving the users of the package the right to use and
distribute the Package in a more-or-less customary fashion, plus the
right to make reasonable modifications.


  • "Package" refers to the collection of files distributed by the Copyright
    Holder, and derivatives of that collection of files created through textual
  • "Standard Version" refers to such a Package if it has not been modified,
    or has been modified in accordance with the wishes of the Copyright Holder.
  • "Copyright Holder" is whoever is named in the copyright or copyrights
    for the package.
  • "You" is you, if you're thinking about copying or distributing this Package.
  • "Reasonable copying fee" is whatever you can justify on the basis of
    media cost, duplication charges, time of people involved, and so on.
    (You will not be required to justify it to the Copyright Holder, but only to
    the computing community at large as a market that must bear the fee.)
  • "Freely Available" means that no fee is charged for the item itself,
    though there may be fees involved in handling the item. It also means
    that recipients of the item may redistribute it under the same conditions
    they received it.

1. You may make and give away verbatim copies of the source form of the
Standard Version of this Package without restriction, provided that you
duplicate all of the original copyright notices and associated disclaimers.

2. You may apply bug fixes, portability fixes and other modifications derived
from the Public Domain or from the Copyright Holder. A Package modified
in such a way shall still be considered the Standard Version.

3. You may otherwise modify your copy of this Package in any way, provided
that you insert a prominent notice in each changed file stating how and when
you changed that file, and provided that you do at least ONE of the following:

  • a) place your modifications in the Public Domain or otherwise make them
    Freely Available, such as by posting said modifications to Usenet or an
    equivalent medium, or placing the modifications on a major archive site such
    as, or by allowing the Copyright Holder to include your modifications
    in the Standard Version of the Package.
  • b) use the modified Package only within your corporation or organization.
  • c) rename any non-standard executables so the names do not conflict with
    standard executables, which must also be provided, and provide a separate
    manual page for each non-standard executable that clearly documents how it
    differs from the Standard Version.
  • d) make other distribution arrangements with the Copyright Holder.

4. You may distribute the programs of this Package in object code or executable
form, provided that you do at least ONE of the following:

  • a) distribute a Standard Version of the executables and library files, together
    with instructions (in the manual page or equivalent) on where to get the Standard
  • b) accompany the distribution with the machine-readable source of the Package
    with your modifications.
  • c) accompany any non-standard executables with their corresponding Standard
    Version executables, giving the non-standard executables non-standard names,
    and clearly documenting the differences in manual pages (or equivalent),
    together with instructions on where to get the Standard Version.
  • d) make other distribution arrangements with the Copyright Holder.

5. You may charge a reasonable copying fee for any distribution of this Package.
You may charge any fee you choose for support of this Package. You may not
charge a fee for this Package itself. However, you may distribute this Package
in aggregate with other (possibly commercial) programs as part of a larger
(possibly commercial) software distribution provided that you do not advertise
this Package as a product of your own.

6. The scripts and library files supplied as input to or produced as output from
the programs of this Package do not automatically fall under the copyright of
this Package, but belong to whomever generated them, and may be sold
commercially, and may be aggregated with this Package.

7. C or perl subroutines supplied by you and linked into this Package shall not
be considered part of this Package.

8. The name of the Copyright Holder may not be used to endorse or promote
products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.


In addition to the above conditions, use, modification and distribution of this
Package is only permitted provided that you also own at least one copy of any
of the following board games: Diplomacy™ , Deluxe Diplomacy™ , Colonial
Diplomacy™ or Machiavelli™.

The End


©Copyright 2001 Jim Van Verth
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