Intellectual Property Rights Policy

1) Licensing

Unless otherwise approved by the Governing Board, each project supported by the MBO may accept contributions and release deliverables licensed according to the following:

  1. Software source code

  2. Data

  3. All other Documentation

2) Contributions

Projects will require that all new inbound source code contributions must also be accompanied by a Developer Certificate of Origin ( sign-off in the source code system that is submitted through a Technical Steering Committee-approved contribution process which will bind the authorized contributor and, if not self-employed, their employer to the applicable license.

3) Upstream Projects

A project may seek to integrate and contribute back to other open source projects (“Upstream Projects”). In such cases, the project will conform to all license requirements of the Upstream Projects, including dependencies, leveraged by the project. Upstream Project code contributions not stored within the projects’s main code repository will comply with the contribution process and license terms for the applicable Upstream Project.

4) Trademark Ownership

All trademarks, service marks, and logos (collectively referred to as "marks") associated with the organization are the property of the organization. The organization shall maintain records of all trademarks and shall take appropriate legal action to protect its marks from unauthorized use.

5) Trademark Use

The organization's marks may only be used with prior written permission from the organization. Any use of the marks must be in accordance with the organization's guidelines for the use of trademarks. The organization reserves the right to revoke any permission to use its marks at any time.

6) Guidelines for the Use of Trademarks

  1. The use of the organization's marks must be accurate and truthful and may not misrepresent the organization or its services.

  2. The organization's marks may not be used in any way that implies an endorsement of any product, service, or activity that is not associated with the organization.

  3. The organization's marks may not be used in any way that is likely to cause confusion, mistake, or deception.

  4. The organization's marks must be used in a manner that enhances the reputation of the organization and does not dilute the distinctive quality of the marks.

  5. The organization's marks may not be used in any way that is disparaging, defamatory, or derogatory to the organization.

7) Trademark Enforcement

The organization shall take appropriate legal action to enforce its rights in its trademarks and to prevent the unauthorized use of its marks. The organization may seek injunctive relief, damages, and any other available legal remedies for the unauthorized use of its marks.

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