This document (the Jargon File) is in the public domain, to be freely used, shared, and modified. There are (byintention) no legal restraints on what you can do with it, but there are traditions about its proper use to whichmany hackers are quite strongly attached. Please extend the courtesy of proper citation when you quote theFile, ideally with a version number, as it will change and grow over time. (Examples of appropriate citationform: "Jargon File 4.2.2" or "The on-line hacker Jargon File, version 4.2.2, 20 AUG 2000".)
The Jargon File is a common heritage of the hacker culture. Over the years a number of individuals havevolunteered considerable time to maintaining the File and been recognized by the net at large as editors of it.Editorial responsibilities include: to collate contributions and suggestions from others; to seek outcorroborating information; to cross-reference related entries; to keep the file in a consistent format; and toannounce and distribute updated versions periodically.