The license under which we wish to place the program is an important issue to ponder. While in general, I tend to favor the well-known GPL, in this case I decided to place the project under a BSD-license. The reasoning is very simple: the main purpose of the project is to promote the use and the creation of man pages for all applications/executables.
Should this project become a success and be widely used, it would be to the greater benefit of everybody if even developers of proprietary software could use the basis of this project to include and incorporate into their product.
Therefore, the disclaimer you see in the following Listing will be in the ``COPYING'' file of the distribution as well as in each source-file.
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