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OpenChain Additional Terms

Last Updated: April 20, 2017

These additional terms are incorporated into the Linux Foundation Terms of Use, available at By using the OpenChain website, any training or education materials, or performing the OpenChain Self-Certification on the website (collectively, “OpenChain Site”), you agree to both the Linux Foundation Terms of Use and these OpenChain Additional Terms. Capitalized terms not defined here have the meanings stated in the Linux Foundation Terms of Use.

1. Intellectual Property Rights.

a. Rights to the Curriculum material starting from Release 2 are waived according to Creative Commons 0, Version 1.0 Universal (CC0-1.0).

b. The OpenChain Specification, which identifies requirements to effectively manage free and open source software is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (CC-BY-4.0).

2. OpenChain Conformance Trademark.

a. The Linux Foundation owns the OpenChain trademark and sponsors the OpenChain Collaborative Project. The OpenChain Collaborative Project produces the OpenChain Specification. For each version of the OpenChain Specification, the OpenChain Collaborative Project will provide an OpenChain logo incorporating the OpenChain trademark and the version number (“OpenChain Conformance Logo”).

b. The Linux Foundation hereby grants you a royalty-free, non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, world-wide license to use the OpenChain Conformance Logo for the sole purpose of indicating your conformance with a specific version of the OpenChain Specification, provided that:

i. You comply with the version of the OpenChain Specification;

ii. You use the relevant OpenChain Conformance Logo for the version of OpenChain Specification version that you comply with; or specify the OpenChain Specification version number in text (i.e., “OpenChain Specification vX.Y”);

iii. You have completed the OpenChain Self-Certification pursuant to Section 3 below and answered the questions truthfully; and

iv. Your organization is currently listed as OpenChain Conformant on for the corresponding version of the specification.

c. Any use of the OpenChain trademarks must otherwise comply with the trademark policy as published by the Linux Foundation here:

3. OpenChain Self-Certification

a. Self-Certification process: After completing the OpenChain Self-Certification, the answers you submit will be validated automatically. If you answered all questions correctly, your company will be listed as OpenChain conformant on this page: If you didn’t answer all the questions correctly, you will be informed that you need to take further steps to achieve conformance.

b. Deleting Companies from the list of OpenChain conformant companies: The OpenChain Collaborative Project reserves the right to delete any company from the list of OpenChain conformant companies at any given time, especially but not limited to cases in which a company complains that they are falsely listed or a third party complains that a company is falsely listed.

c. Editing Answers: You may edit your answers at any time even after submitting your conformance check. Further information on editing answers is available here. Please note that editing answers may lead to your company no longer being OpenChain conformant and to removal from the list of OpenChain conformant companies.

Copyright © 2018 Linux Foundation. The OpenChain Specification and OpenChain Conformance guides are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (CC-BY-4.0). The Online Certification Questionnaire is available under the Apache 2.0 license on Github. All OpenChain Curriculum, Case Study and other reference material is provided under the Creative Commons Public Domain 1.0 License.