This is the original licence that all Starlink software was distributed under. More recently, code that was known to have originated from one of the research councils has been relicenced under the GNU Public Licence. Code developed by individuals or by university groups where the original authors are hard to contact has retained this licence.

Starlink Software Licence


The purpose of this document is to state the terms and conditions under which Starlink software, documentation, data and other associated material ("the Software") may be used.



1. The Software is owned by the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils ("CCLRC"), unless a statement to the contrary appears within the Software itself.

2. The Software is made available free of charge for use by:

3. Commercial use of the Software is specifically excluded from the terms and conditions of this licence. Commercial use of the Software is subject to the prior written agreement of CCLRC on terms to be agreed.

4. The provision of any version of the Software under the terms and conditions specified herein does not imply that future versions will also be made available under the same terms and conditions.

5. The user may modify the Software for his own purposes. The user may distribute the modified software provided that CCLRC is informed and that a copy of the modified software is made available to CCLRC on request. All modifications made by the user shall be clearly identified to show how the modified software differs from the original Software.

6. In any published work produced by the user and which includes results achieved by using the Software, the user shall acknowledge that the Software was used in producing the information contained in such publication.

7. The user may incorporate or embed the Software into other software products which he may then give away free of charge but not sell provided the user makes due acknowledgement of the use which he has made of the Software in creating such software products. Any redistribution of the Software in this way shall be made under the same terms and conditions under which the user received it from CCLRC.

8. The user shall not cause the Software to be brought into disrepute, either by misuse, or use for inappropriate tasks, or by inappropriate modification.

9. The Software is provided to the user "as is" and CCLRC makes no warranty as to its suitability or performance. CCLRC does not and cannot warrant the performance or results which the user may obtain by using the Software. CCLRC makes no warranties, express or implied, as to non-infringement of third party rights, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose. In no event will CCLRC be liable to the user for any consequential, incidental, or special damages, including any lost profits or lost savings, even if a CCLRC representative has been advised of such damages, or for any claim by any third party.

Starlink: StarlinkLicence (last edited 2009-02-01 00:27:23 by TimJenness)