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Intellectual Property
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Introduction

Definitions

This document employs terms related to the DCDR Advocacy that can be found in the TIOF terminology.
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About this document

This document sets out the standards established by TIOF in matters of Intellectual Property you will need to be aware of while being a Member for TIOF. It establishes all necessary considerations in the creation of materials of different nature (including but not limited to documents, articles, books, images, videos and datasets) and how the applicable IP will be established and communicated. You should familiarize yourself with them and comply with them at all times. Any questions you may have with regard to its contents or what you have to do to comply with it should be referred to your corresponding Team Comms Coordinator, who is the ultimate responsible for its application.
Any Member who breaches this Policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for gross misconduct. Any non-Member who breaches this Policy may have their contract (or equivalent official relationship with TIOF) terminated with immediate effect.
This document complements TIOF's Code of Conduct​
This document does not form part of any Engagement Document and we may amend it at any time.
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Scope

This document directly applies to:
This document indirectly applies to:
The policies and/or procedures set out in this document apply to all TIOF Members unless otherwise indicated. They therefore apply to Directors, Advisers, Counselors, Staff, Volunteers and Interns; this is irrespective of their part-time, fixed-term or casual status. They equally apply to all Contributors and will be used as part of the selection criteria when engaging with them.
This document applies within all TIOF spaces, including (although not limited to) management activities, project contributions or events, and also applies when an individual is officially representing the broader community in public spaces. Examples of representing our community include (although not limited to) using an official e-mail address, posting via an official social media account or acting as an appointed representative at an event (online or offline).
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Policy details

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Licensing Models

Public Licensing

Each Organization and Initiative must have
  • a clear License description for productions (research materials, articles, etc.)
    • based on an established model and tailored if necessary to provide public access and reuse
    • easily accessible through the corresponding documentation site
  • a clear License description for code
    • based on an established Licensing Model
    • easily accessible through the corresponding Repository
  • a shortURL for all the licenses
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Formatting

The Organization will strive to provide
  • machine-readable formats
  • user-friendly formats
of all of its policies and licensing models.

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3rd Party assets

Attributions need be mentioned
  • In the Attributions section
  • In the productions themselves

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Intellectual property

The IO Foundation is committed to its DCDR advocacy and to share all of its generated materials to be available and shareable by all under a licensing model that preserves and encourages their usage and benefit.
Currently, TIOF has adopted the following licenses:

Creative Commons

Applicable for: All productions such as documents, books, videos

GNU

Applicable for: Software

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Applicable for: Datasets

Others

Should there be a type of material that is not listed above, please reach out to your corresponding Team Comms Coordinator for clarification and to update this document.
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Creative Commons

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Current CC version

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GNU

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Partnerships, collaborations and contracts

When engaging in collaborations of any sort, TIOF is mandated to comply with its IP Policy. While in occasions the engagement document may indicate a conflicting IP approach, TIOF must make all efforts to agree on an open modality akin to its own.
When such option is not possible, TIOF will not engage in said collaboration.
Exceptions Anything that does not generate materials that are related to the DCDR advocacy.
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Credits are to be always made.
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Notices and logos

All materials produced by TIOF, that are not under excluding terms as indicated in the @@@Exceptions, are to be published under Creative Commons. The licensing terms must be clearly indicated in the material and links to further information such as this policy and the terms of the licensing are to be made easily available.
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