From Online Manual
The SMF copyright displayed at the bottom of every SMF Forum is there for a reason. It MUST remain there, and forum administrators are NOT allowed to remove it for any reason, whatsoever. An example of a SMF copyright is:
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The SMF license states:
a. A Modification must not alter or remove any copyright notices in the Software or Package, generated or otherwise.
Failure to comply will result in a reminder, then an official warning, followed by legal actions.