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Hydra Project Intellectual Property Licensing and Ownership
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Hydra Project Intellectual Property Licensing and
Per the Collaboration and Partnership Memorandum of Understanding of the Hydra
Originating Steering Group Members, one of the foundational tenets of the Hydra Project
is to foster a rich, sustainable open source code base.
Section II of the MOU states
II. Intellectual Property Licensing and Ownership
In keeping with the long-term vision of Hydra as a robust and distributed open
source product, Hydra Partners and code contributors adopt and are governed
by the following principles:
1. Code contributors (“Contributors”) warrant that their work created for the
Hydra project does not infringe on the legal rights of any person or entity,
including but not limited to intellectual property rights. This warranty includes
ensuring that Contributors have properly addressed any institutional rights of
their “home” or employing institutions, and that they have properly treated any
third party software that has been incorporated, including any open source
2. The Hydra Steering Group determines at its sole discretion if a Contributor’s
code is in scope and appropriate for the Project.
3. All code contributed and accepted to the project will be distributed as open
source software, licensed under an Apache 2.0 license (or an appropriate
Apache or Open Source Initiative (OSI) approved license sequellae that is
designated by the Hydra Steering Group). Contributors must agree to and sign
the applicable (individual and/or corporate) licensing agreement before
contributing any code.
4. Hydra project documentation, designs and other written artifacts will also be
made available under a Creative Commons or similar license. For the avoidance
of doubt, the Hydra name and identity is subject to legal protection and is not
subject to use by others except with the permission of the Hydra Steering
All code contributors must have an Individual Contributor License Agreement (iCLA) on
file with the Hydra Project Steering Group, a process which is initiated by completing an
iCLA and emailing it to legal@projecthydra.org. If the contributor works for an institution
which has rights over materials that they contribute, the institution should also have a
Corporate Contributor License Agreement (cCLA) on file; when no such cCLA exists the
potential contributor will be asked to confirm in an email to legal@projecthydra.org, copied
to their line manager, that they have institutional authorization to enter into the iCLA.
Hydra also seeks to have clarity around the Intellectual Property of non-code contributions
to the Project. Its CLAs cover these non-code contributions as well as code contributions
Created by Tom Cramer, last modified by Richard Green on Apr 19, 2014
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