NOTE: The IP Policy below does not apply to MIPS Open. If you are looking for MIPS Open’s IP policy, please get in touch with the MIPS Open Advisory Committee at MIPSOpenAdvisory@wavecomp.com.
The Intellectual Property Policy (“IP Policy”) for the Foundation is as follows:
The Foundation will release code which is developed for any prpl projects (“Project Code”) under the BSD+Patent License1 (https://opensource.org/licenses/BSDplusPatent) unless the Board of Directors votes to change the license as provided in the Bylaws. Except as otherwise expressly stated in the BSD+Patent License1, the Foundation does not grant any licenses under copyrights, patents or other intellectual property for Project Code.
The Foundation acknowledges that third-party code may be included in prpl projects and that such third party code may be under other licenses.
The Foundation will maintain on its site a list of all Project Code. Any other code developed and contributed will fall under the Inbound Contributions category.
All inbound contributions of code to the Foundation will include a sign off by the developer/contributor of a Developer’s Certificate of Origin (“DCO”) and must comply with the inbound code review policy adopted by the Foundation (as may be updated by the Foundation from time to time). The DCO is the same as used by kernel.org for Linux and is set forth below.
The contributor must declare under which OSI-approved open source license the contribution is made. Contributions are preferred under the BSD+Patent License1. The Maintainer and Chair of a project will decide if a contribution’s license is acceptable. Modifications to already contributed code will be contributed under the same license as the code being modified.
The Foundation will not accept contributions of code under the GPLv3 License (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html).
In addition, all contributions of original code specifically developed for the prpl project and submitted by developer/contributor to the Foundation will be submitted under the BSD+Patent License1 unless the Board of Directors votes to change the license as provided in the Bylaws. The Foundation acknowledges that third-party code may be included in the prpl project and that such third party code may be under other licenses.
By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:
(a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I have the right to submit it under the open source license indicated in the file; or
(b) The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source license and I have the right under that license to submit that work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part by me, under the same open source license (unless I am permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated in the file; or
(c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified it.
(d) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution are public and that a record of the contribution (including all personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with this project or the open source license(s) involved.
Then you just add a line saying: Signed-off-by: Jane Doe <janedoe@sign-off example.org=””> using your real name (no pseudonyms or anonymous contributions permitted).</janedoe@sign-off>
1 Not to be confused with a license from Facebook with a similar name (BSD+Patents).
The BSD+Patent license used by prpl is approved by the Open Source Initiative—see https://opensource.org/licenses/BSDplusPatent.