The 32-bit Command Interpreter is © Copyright Jonathan de Boyne Pollard. "Moral" rights are asserted.
This is a pre-release edition of CMD. It has been supplied to a limited number of people for testing and feedback. It is not for redistribution (the software licence below is for the final release). Nor is it for use beyond the 31st of December 2010. Please remove any copies of this pre-release edition by that date.
This software is copyright in order to protect the good name of the author and in order to prevent other people from passing it off as their own. The author wants this software to enjoy as wide an audience as possible, and also wants you to receive this software as it was originally released. Therefore:
You may archive, store, copy, and distribute this software (which means the programs, and any accompanying electronic documentation, helptext, and message or data files) in its entire original, unmodified, form for any purpose, commercial or otherwise. In fact you are encouraged to give copies of this software to your friends so that they can enjoy it too.
You may make limited modifications to the original distribution archive before passing it on to others, to convert it to another archive format (extended attributes, timestamps, and long filenames must be preserved, however).
You may not pass this software off as your own, attempt to modify it, or obscure or remove the copyright notices or this software licence in any way.
You may not (and this part is especially true for those madly litigious Americans) sue the author or anybody else in respect of any supposed guarantee. You receive this software exactly "as is". There's no guarantee whatsoever. The author takes pride in his work, and naturally wants the software to behave well and do its job; but he isn't prepared (certainly not for software that you are getting entirely for free) to make any sort of guarantee of merchantability or fitness for any purpose.
You may create programs that make use of dynamic link libraries contained in this software package, and distribute those programs on terms of your own choosing. If a cut down version of this package is available containing only the "runtime libraries", then you may bundle it along with your programs when you distribute them. If no such package is supplied, then instead you may include this entire package when distributing your programs, on the same terms as if you were distributing it standalone.
Bug fixes and enhancements to the software will occur entirely at the whim of the author, as and when he has spare time to write them. If you want a specific modification to the software, please remember that the author is a professional programmer. You can always pay him to write it!
The source code for the software is the product of a lot of time, skill, and effort. It is not given away for free. If you need to have access to the source code, approach the author about paying for a source code licence.
Similarly, approach the author if you wish to bundle the runtimes for this package into your own product seamlessly, so that they and your product are installed using a single installation process for example.
Technical support for the installation or use of the software consumes time and effort. If you need such support, approach the author about paying for a support contract.