Because MESS is based on MAME and shares many components with it, it also uses the MAME™ Distribution License. The offical and current version of this license can always be found on MAMEDev and is also mirrored on this page.
Copyright © 1997-2009, Nicola Salmoria and the MAME team All rights reserved.
Redistribution and use of this code or any derivative works are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
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