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freedom to share and change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public 
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can use it too, but we suggest you first think carefully about whether 
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for this service if you wish); that you receive source code or can get 
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it if you want it; that you can change the software and use pieces of 
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rights. These restrictions translate to certain responsibilities for 
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library, and (2) we offer you this license, which gives you legal 
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libraries. However, the Lesser license provides advantages in certain 
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allowed to use the library. A more frequent case is that a free 
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library does the same job as widely used nonfree libraries. In this 
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users' freedom, it does ensure that the user of a program that is 
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MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU 
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Lesser General Public License for more details. 
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You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public 
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License along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software 
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Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 021111307 USA 
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Also add information on how to contact you by electronic and paper 
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mail. 
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You should also get your employer (if you work as a programmer) or 
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school, if any, to sign a "copyright disclaimer" for the library, if 
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necessary. Here is a sample; alter the names: 
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Yoyodyne, Inc., hereby disclaims all copyright interest in the 
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library `Frob' (a library for tweaking knobs) written by James 
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Random Hacker. 
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<signature of Ty Coon>, 1 April 1990 
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Ty Coon, President of Vice 
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That's all there is to it! 