For some reasons that are totally unkown to me, some websites keep linking to my older website for a text of the Clarified Artistic License, so I decided to report it here. In 1998 I wrote the implementation of the Reduce-Expand algorithm for solving the LCS (Longest Common Subsequence) problem. At the time my understanding of free software licenses was pretty naive, so I settled for the Clarified Artistic License, which was the ncftp license with a few very minor rewordings. Today I feel quite a pain when I see a new software license, as I think that the fragmentation of the various license is a small but totally unnecessary hurdle towards world domination. As a consequence, I support only GPL/LGPL/AGPL/MIT. I understand that somebody might prefer adoption to preserving software freedom and consequently chooses a BSD license, but that is not my preferred choice. Especially after the JMRI trial I believe that copyleft licenses should really be the default option, so I changed the license of my implementation to the GPL.
Anyway, in case you find it useful, the text of the Clarified Artistic License is below.
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