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I think it's from contract language. You, the 1st party, may create a contract with someone, the 2nd party, to undertake some piece of work. They may be an expert in one area of the project, but not in another and so they may choose to sub-contract that to a 3rd party. Edit to add - In contract law you need two parties to create a contract, you will ...


You, the developer, are the first party. The customer/consumer of your application is the second party. Anyone else that supplies libraries, icons, or other resources is a third party (in the sense of "third" meaning some other outside party). See Also http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/third_party


To start with the paragraph in all-caps ("THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES ..."), that is called a disclaimer. These kinds of disclaimers are very common for software and their purpose is that if you get hit by a problem that could be caused by software package X, then you can't ...

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