The Software License for a New Millenium

Reading this document constitutes an agreement between you, hereinafter referred to as the Licensees (Lice for short), and Us, hereinafter referred to as the Licentious (Our lawyers insisted).

Whereas every legal document has to start off with at least two Whereases,
And Whereas this one now has three,
It is as legal as they come (why are our lawyers rolling on the floor?).

BE-ware is software written for the enjoyment of the programmer, and therefore is fully warranted with respect to its suitability for its purpose. Any suggestion that it is not will be met with the full rigor of the law and punitive damages will be sought (Oh look. One of them's being sick now).

The above notwithstanding, it is recognised that BE-ware software may be usable for other purposes, but this is entirely at the user's risk, and the programmer cannot be held responsible for any consequences, even if it reformats your hard disk, deletes your collection of downloaded jpegs or installs Windows 98 on your computer - though I'd feel bad about the last.

Any such use, moreover, is subject to certain conditions which are listed below.