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1 BRL-CAD Copying and Distribution
4 BRL-CAD is Open Source software with copyright primarily held by the
5 U.S. Government. The source code is controlled and maintained by a
6 core team of Open Source developers working around the world. Those
7 core developers operate under a meritocracy organizational structure
8 adhering to developer guidelines outlined in the HACKING developer's
9 guide and to the legal conventions and requirements outlined in this
12 As a unified work, BRL-CAD is made available under the terms of the
13 GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) as published by the Free
14 Software Foundation.
16 As distinctly organized and separate components, parts of BRL-CAD are
17 made available under different licenses for different portions
18 including the BSD license and files in the public domain. The Overview
19 section describes how the various licenses apply to the different
20 portions of BRL-CAD.
22 BRL-CAD is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT
23 ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or
24 FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public
25 License for more details.
27 You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public
28 License along with this file. If you did not, please contact one of
29 the BRL-CAD project administrators listed at the Github project
30 site https://github.com/BRL-CAD/brlcad/ or listed in the AUTHORS file
31 included as part of the distribution.
36 BRL-CAD consists primarily of libraries, applications, scripts,
37 documentation, geometric models, images, data resources, and build
38 infrastructure. The BRL-CAD libraries provide their headers in the
39 include/ directory as well as all of the directories that begin with
40 the prefix "lib" in the src/ directory (e.g. src/librt/). All of
41 BRL-CAD's libraries, applications, and any content lacking a license
42 specification are covered by the terms of the LGPL.
44 Most of BRL-CAD's build infrastructure including files required by
45 the GNU Build System (such as the CMakeLists.txt files), a variety
46 of scripts located in the misc/ and sh/ directories, and the testing
47 infrastructure (scripts and resources) are provided either under
48 the BSD license or are in the public domain. Similarly, most of
49 the geometric models, images, and other data resources are also
50 provided under the BSD license. Refer to each individual file for
51 specific terms.
53 BRL-CAD's documentation consists of manual pages located throughout
54 the package, most of the files in the doc/ directory, and the
55 top-level administrative project text files (e.g. README & AUTHORS).
56 Unless otherwise denoted, all of BRL-CAD's documentation is made
57 available under the terms of the BSD Documentation License (BDL) or
58 are in the public domain. Refer to each document for specific terms.
60 The full text of the LGPL, BDL, and BSD license should be included in
61 the source distribution of BRL-CAD in the doc/legal/ directory. Refer
62 to the full license text for more details, information, requirements,
63 and implications of each license.
65 3rd-Party Components
68 The BRL-CAD package utilizes and redistributes several 3rd party
69 source codes, libraries, and applications. Said 3rd party source
70 code, libraries, and applications all retain their respective
71 agreements, licenses, and copyrights and should be referred to
72 individually for their specific terms. For the purposes of
73 redistribution and legal compatibility for all of BRL-CAD's existing
74 user base, NO 3RD PARTY LIBRARIES SHALL BE INCLUDED THAT ARE UNDER THE
75 TERMS OF THE GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE or any other license with
76 similar legal implications that would impose legal obligations on
77 external codes that utilize BRL-CAD as a library.
79 When referring to BRL-CAD, its source code, documentation, and
80 libraries, the reference is not meant to include or imply 3rd party
81 source code, libraries, and/or applications unless specifically stated
82 otherwise. No endorsement or claim of authorship is implied to any
83 3rd party asset that is included with BRL-CAD. The majority of the
84 3rd party source code, libraries, and applications included with
85 BRL-CAD are located in the src/other/ directory of the source code
91 All contributions to BRL-CAD have been provided under agreement. By
92 requiring all contributions be given back to the BRL-CAD developers,
93 this agreement allows the BRL-CAD project to continue to grow
94 unhindered. As such, a majority of the source code is copyright by
95 the United States Government as represented by the United States Army
96 Research Laboratory.
98 Authors and other BRL-CAD contributors must comply with the copyright
99 terms for their respective contributions unless otherwise noted or
100 arranged. This includes an implicit assignment of copyright for any
101 and all contributions being made. The following notice should be
102 prominent in the BRL-CAD sources:
104 Copyright (c) 1984-2021 United States Government as represented by
105 the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
110 Questions or comments regarding BRL-CAD legal issues pertaining to
111 copying, linking, licensing, trademark, or otherwise should be
112 directed to the BRL-CAD Development Team at the following address:
114 BRL-CAD Development Team