Cross License Foundation Agreement
These terms enable contributors working together on a project covered by copyrights or patents to make collective decisions about changing the license terms for their project over time.
In order to get any license under these terms, you must apply to become a contributor, be accepted, and agree to these terms. These terms are both obligations under an agreement among all contributors and conditions to all the cross licenses they give and receive under that agreement.
Only candidates offering contributions of copyrights or patent rights to the project can apply to become contributors.
To apply to become a contributor, a candidate must send the following to an existing contributor:
their address for communication
a World Wide Web or other Internet address where contributors can review the first contribution they are offering
copies of, or World Wide Web links to, the terms of this agreement and the current statements of license criteria and communication system
For a candidate to become a contributor, an existing contributor must follow each of these steps, one after another, in order:
circulate the candidate’s complete application
secure majority approval in favor of their application
circulate a current list of all contributor addresses, including the new contributor’s
Any contributor may resign at any time by circulating a message of resignation. When a contributor resigns, all cross licenses to that contributor end, but their cross licenses to other contributors, as well as any sublicenses they have given for relicensing, continue.
Each contributor gives a cross license covering all copyrights in their contributions to the project to each other contributor.
Each contributor gives a cross license for the project covering any patent claims they can license or become able to license to each other contributor.
Each cross license under these terms covers all contributors, past, present, and future, and all contributions submitted to the project, past, present, and future.
Cross licenses under these terms do not give contributors themselves any special permission for the project, only permission to relicense.
Any contributor may relicense the project as a whole by granting a sublicense under new terms meeting any license criteria in effect at the time within thirty calendar days of securing majority approval. When soliciting votes for relicensing, a contributor must circulate:
identification of the contributor proposing to relicense the project
an exact copy of the new license terms
an exact copy of all the terms of any agreement that has, will, or could compensate the contributor for proposing or securing approval of the relicensing
The first two contributors must agree on any criteria for terms on which the project can be relicensed. They must publish a dated statement of those criteria, or a dated statement that there are no criteria, together with the terms of this agreement, where potential contributors can find and read them. No contributor can relicense the project onto new terms that fail to meet the license criteria. Any contributor may change the license criteria by securing supermajority approval in favor of the change.
Each contributor is entitled to receive each message sent to any other contributor under these terms.
To circulate a message under these terms, a contributor must send the message in the English language to each other contributor, retrying as necessary.
Any contributor who receives a notice under the terms of a relicensing must circulate that notice, retrying as necessary.
The first two contributors must agree on a global, free or low-cost, high-speed, electronic communication system, such as e-mail, and provide addresses for that system. They must publish dated statement of that choice, together with the terms of this agreement, where potential contributors can find and read them. Later contributors must provide addresses for the same system.
Change of Address
Any contributor may change their address by circulating their new address from their current address. Alternatively, any contributor may change their address by circulating their new address from a different address and securing supermajority approval, without any opposing message from their old address.
Each contributor is entitled to cast a single, equal vote on each proposal under these terms.
For majority approval, a majority of responding contributors must vote in favor.
For supermajority approval, two thirds of responding contributors must vote in favor.
The contributor soliciting approval counts as a contributor voting in favor.
The deadline for approval of any proposal is thirty calendar days from when votes were first solicited.
To secure an approval, a contributor must solicit votes, then tally votes, and finally report the result.
To solicit votes, a contributor must circulate a single message with all of these details:
the identity of the project
the complete text of the proposal
the voting standard required
the date of the deadline
Contributors may vote by replying to a message soliciting votes using the same communication system. Messages like "I approve.", "I vote in favor.", and “Aye” count as votes in favor. Messages like "I oppose.", "I vote against.", and “Nay” count as votes against.
To tally votes, the contributor who solicited votes must ensure that each vote message is circulated. If the communication system enables forwarding messages verbatim, such as by forwarding e-mail, the contributor must forward vote messages verbatim. If a voting contributor circulates their vote themself, the contributor soliciting votes need not circulate it again.
To report a result, the contributor who solicited votes must circulate a single message with all of these details within seven calendar days after the deadline:
all the information required to solicit votes
copies of all vote messages
counts of votes in favor, votes against, and contributors not responding by the deadline
whether contributors approved the proposal or not
When a communication system fails to deliver a message:
The sending contributor must circulate word of the failure and any failure message from the system.
The sending contributor must wait forty-eight hours, then try again. If the receiving contributor changed their address since the first try, the sending contributor must use the new address.
If the second try also fails, the sending contributor must circulate word of the failure and any failure message from the system. The receiving contributor is then considered to be not responding.
If any contributor unintentionally breaks a rule of these terms at the expense of another contributor, and the contributor who was wronged circulates a message about the breach, other contributors can keep their cross licenses from the contributor who was wronged if any one or more of them makes the situation right within fourteen calendar days. If the contributor did not get an equal vote, contributors must retake the vote. If the contributor did not get equal information, contributors must circulate the message again, and if any vote was taken between when the message was not sent and when the contributor finally received it, contributors must retake that vote.
Any contributor may change these terms by securing supermajority approval in favor of the change. Changes apply from the time of approval going forward, not retroactively.
As far as the law allows, the project comes as is, without any warranty or condition, and no contributor will be liable to any other contributor for any damages related to the use or quality of the project, under any kind of legal claim.
These terms establish relationships between contributors based entirely on licenses for contributions of copyrights or patents to the project. They do not commit contributors to do any business for profit, and are not intended to create or document any partnership, joint venture, unincorporated association, or other legal entity or legally recognized organization.