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This preliminary license is officially guilty as long as there is no revision. Possible future changes do not have retroactive effects on already published releases.

Copyright 2011-2013 for the project as a whole exclusively by Axel Thielscher (axel.thielscher[at]tuebingen.mpg.de), on behalf of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. This unified reglementation does not affect particular further rights of contributors on parts of the code based on their authorship. However, potential changes of the licensing and/or the code and/or the code does not need explicit agreement by the original contributors. These terms are treated as implicitly accepted, as soon as someone agrees that code or other works of her or his authorship become part of SimNIBS.

The SimNIBS license model is in some aspects similar to QT, which offers different licenses for different purposes. For external users (i.e., people that are not contributors), permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation under the terms of the GPL GNU General Public License (see the whole license) is hereby granted. No representations are made about the suitability of this software for any purpose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty. Enlisted contributors have also the right to use it under the terms of the SimNIBS license for Contributors (see the whole license), which basically means a LGPL with minor addendums.

Note that any small change that is submitted and implemented in the main SimNIBS repository by the maintainer does not automatically mean that the submitting person will be granted the additional rights of a contributor. For this the contribution does not need to be large, but has to be to some degree "substantial". If you think that your contribution is substantial and should give you the status of a contributor, you should discuss this with the current holder of the copyright who is the only person who can give these personal and unalienable further rights. If no mutual agreement can be found, you are free to withdraw your current changes or addendums from SimNIBS.

SimNIBS makes usage of

Gmsh (http://geuz.org/gmsh/),

meshfix (http://code.google.com/p/meshfix/) and

GetFEM++ (http://download.gna.org/getfem/html/homepage/index.html).

All three programs are distributed under the GPL GNU license (version 2). The SimNIBS distribution includes binaries of these three programs, compiled for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 64-bit. The source codes can be accessed at the websites listed above.

Last updated: Monday, 03.11.2014