How it Works
When you start work on developing a specification, you should have the participants sign the appropriate Contributor License Agreement. Once you have a version of the specification that you consider final, contributors and others who are interested should sign the Open Web Foundation Agreement for that version of the specification.
What You Give and What You and the Community Get Under the Agreement
You Give Everyone:
- Copyright - a free license to use the copyrights in your contributions.
- Patent - free rights to use your necessary patent claims to implement the specification.
You and the Community are free to:
- Share - to copy and distribute the specification.
- Modify the Specification - to make new versions of the specification.
- Implement the Specification - in software.
Under the following conditions:
- Modify the Specification - If you make new versions of the specification you must include attribution to the original specification (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
- Non-Defensive Legal Action - If you take non-defensive patent legal action against another implementer of the same specification, you lose any rights you received for the same specification under the agreement from everyone who signed the agreement.
A Few More Notes
This is not the actual agreement. This document is not a license. It is simply a handy reference for understanding the Open Web Foundation Agreement — it is a human-readable expression of some of its key terms. This document itself has no legal value, and its contents do not appear in the actual agreement. Please read the actual agreement.
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