OASIS PUBLIC LICENSE

Version 1, September 1999

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Copyright 1999 Jonathan Blake. Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document. If you modify this License in any way, you must remove all words and phrases associated with Jonathan Blake or Desert Lynx's Lone Wolf Oasis such as "Oasis", "Desert Lynx" or "jonblake@lw-oasis.org".

Based upon GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2 Copyright 1989, 1991 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

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