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Our goal is to reduce opportunities for abusive enforcement tactics and, more broadly, to promote greater predictability in the enforcement of GPLv2 and LGPLv2.x licenses. Through this initiative, we hope to increase participation in the use and development of open source software by helping to ensure that enforcement, when it takes place, is fair and predictable.
When you add your name to the GPL Cooperation Commitment for individuals, you’re telling the world that:
- You support open source community members whose intent is to foster collaboration and participation.
- You expect licensees to comply with the GPL and LGPL when redistributing code.
- You assume positive intent and understand that well-meaning people sometimes make mistakes.
- You have committed to giving licensees a fair chance to correct license violations.
“As President of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), I’m pleased to sign my name to the GPL Cooperation Commitment. This recent initiative by Red Hat helps to set a precedent for cooperation in GPL license enforcement―it’s a way to tell the open source community that good intentions matter. I encourage other members of the community to support this initiative by adding your name. Let’s celebrate the 20th anniversary of Open Source by spreading this everywhere!” -Simon Phipps
Legally, you are agreeing to this commitment:
Solely for any software for which I personally own copyright that is licensed under a Covered License, before filing or continuing to prosecute any legal proceeding or claim (other than a Defensive Action) arising from termination of a Covered License, I commit to extend to the person or entity (“you”) accused of violating the Covered License the following provisions regarding cure and reinstatement, taken from GPL version 3. As used here, the term ‘this License’ refers to the specific Covered License being enforced.
“However, if you cease all violation of this License, then your license from a particular copyright holder is reinstated (a) provisionally, unless and until the copyright holder explicitly and finally terminates your license, and (b) permanently, if the copyright holder fails to notify you of the violation by some reasonable means prior to 60 days after the cessation.
Moreover, your license from a particular copyright holder is reinstated permanently if the copyright holder notifies you of the violation by some reasonable means, this is the first time you have received notice of violation of this License (for any work) from that copyright holder, and you cure the violation prior to 30 days after your receipt of the notice.”
I intend this Commitment to be irrevocable, and binding and enforceable against me and assignees of or successors to my copyrights.
‘Covered License’ means the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2), the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 2.1 (LGPLv2.1), or the GNU Library General Public License, version 2 (LGPLv2), all as published by the Free Software Foundation.
‘Defensive Action’ means a legal proceeding or claim that I bring against you in response to a prior proceeding or claim initiated by you or your affiliate.
THE ABOVE COMMITMENT IS AGREED TO BY THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS
Michael K. Dolan Jr. (https://github.com/mkdolan)
Joseph D. Schram
Scott Marlow (https://github.com/scottmarlow)
Adam B Kaplan
Max Rydahl Andersen
Robbie Harwood (https://github.com/frozencemetery)
Valentin Born (born2webdesign)
Julen Landa Alustizs
Niels de Vos
Marcelo Ricardo Leitner
Stefan van Oirschot
Tiago Moreira Vieira
Justin M. Forbes
Jason E. Rist
Sheikh Mohammad Sajid
Akshay R. Kapadia
Larisso Peluso - Fleming
Juan David Perez O.
Pedro J. Amoedo Martinez
Jose Santiago Silva Ramirez
Jean Sebastien Tougne