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Obtaining An Explicit License To Use System.Data.SQLite
Even though System.Data.SQLite is in the public domain and does not require a license, some users want to obtain a license anyway. Some reasons for obtaining a license include:
- You are using System.Data.SQLite in a jurisdiction that does not recognize the public domain.
- You are using System.Data.SQLite in a jurisdiction that does not recognize the right of an author to dedicate their work to the public domain.
- You want to hold a tangible legal document as evidence that you have the legal right to use and distribute System.Data.SQLite.
- Your legal department tells you that you have to purchase a license.
If you feel like you really have to purchase a license for System.Data.SQLite, Hwaci, the company that employs the architect and principal developers of System.Data.SQLite, will sell you one.
In order to keep System.Data.SQLite completely free and unencumbered by copyright, all new contributors to the System.Data.SQLite code base are asked to dedicate their contributions to the public domain. If you want to send a patch or enhancement for possible inclusion in the System.Data.SQLite source tree, please accompany the patch with the following statement:
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