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PolyForm Project Licenses

official texts of PolyForm Project licenses

The PolyForm Project is a group of experienced licensing lawyers and technologists developing simple, standardized, plain-language software source code licenses. PolyForm aims to fill gaps in the menu of standardized software licenses, like non-commercial, trial, and small-business-only terms.


Much as Creative Commons offers a suite of licenses, PolyForm will offer a number of variations.

License Use Change Distribute Noncommercial Trial Internal SMB Noncompete
PolyForm-Strict Yes Yes
PolyForm-Noncommercial Yes Yes Yes Yes
PolyForm-Free-Trial Yes Yes Yes
PolyForm-Internal-Use Yes Yes Yes
PolyForm-Small-Business Yes Yes Yes Yes
PolyForm-Perimeter Yes Yes Yes Project
PolyForm-Shield Yes Yes Yes Licensor


Each contributor licenses you to do everything with PolyForm licenses that would otherwise infringe that contributor's copyright in it.

If you make changes to a PolyForm license, you must remove all mention of "PolyForm" and, as well.

As far as the law allows, PolyForm licenses come as is, without any warranty at all, and no contributor will be liable to anyone for any damages related to the licenses or their use, for any kind of legal claim.


PolyForm Project applied to register the trademark POLYFORM in the United States on April 24, 2019, and was assigned serial number 88400646.