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[McIDAS #CWC-204890]: Software download

Hi Adia,

> I tried to download the McIDAS meteorology application software but
> I was restricted. I have been a member of the unidata community since
> my undergraduate days. I wish to analyze meteosat data and searching
> through I found I can use the McIDAS application software.

Th problem is due to restrictions in our license to distribute McIDAS placed
on us by the package's owner, the Space Science and Engineering Center at
the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  In particular, we can provide
McIDAS-X to educational institutions only, and non-U.S. educational
institutions must agree to the terms listed below in order to be allowed
access to McIDAS-X from Unidata.

The following is some boilerplate that I am required to send to
non-.edu folks who seek to download McIDAS from us. In order for
you to be granted access to Unidata McIDAS, we need you to send back
a statement affirming the items listed below.

Unidata has long been licensed by the Space Science and Engineering Center
(SSEC) of the University of Wisconsin at Madison to distribute our version
of McIDAS, Unidata McIDAS, to educational institutions.  In the fairly recent
past, SSEC refined their definition of allowable use of McIDAS at institutions
outside of the U.S. and for individuals.  Users from non-U.S. educational
sites are typically recognized by their email addresses not ending in '.edu'.

I am required to have prospective McIDAS users read and agree to the following:

  SSEC considers permissible users of the international university community
  to be those who are using McIDAS-X for academic classroom instruction or
  academic research by students related to obtaining a degree. Research 
  and government agencies that use McIDAS-X for meteorological research or
  operations must purchase a license from SSEC for the non-academic use. Given
  this clarification, and if Unidata users remain within the licensing terms
  that include no re-distribution of any portion of the software, SSEC is 
  to providing this software to the international university Unidata user 

Given the above position, we need a clear statement from you that specifies
_all_ of the following:

- you are accessing McIDAS from Unidata for use in a university; please provide
  the name of the department and university that the download is intended for
- McIDAS must be used for academic classroom instruction or academic research
  by students related to obtaining a degree
- your installation of McIDAS is not for use by a government agency, 
  research institute, or private concern
- you agree that you will not re-distribute any portion of the software

As soon as you can state that your use of Unidata McIDAS will conform to the
terms listed above, we will add the email address:


to the list that allows downloading of Unidata McIDAS.

I apologize for the difficulty in getting access to Unidata McIDAS-X,
but our hands are tied by the licensing restrictions.


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Ticket Details
Ticket ID: CWC-204890
Department: Support McIDAS
Priority: Normal
Status: Closed

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