MESS License

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.

The MAME project as a whole is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later (GPL-2.0+), since it contains code made available under multiple GPL-compatible licenses. A great majority of files (over 90% including core files) are under the BSD-3-Clause License and we would encourage new contributors to distribute files under this license.

Please note that MAME is a registered trademark of Nicola Salmoria, and permission is required to use the “MAME” name, logo, or wordmark.

MAME® Distribution License

	Copyright (C) 1997-2016  MAMEDev and contributors
	This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
	it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
	the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
	(at your option) any later version.
	This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
	but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
	GNU General Public License for more details.
	You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
	with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
	51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA.

Please see for further details.