Visit the GitLab Patent Program for information on how to participate in this initiative.
Visit the Guidelines for reviewing third-party patents (accessible to team members only).
The guidance for using open source software has been updated to enable team members to comprehensively determine which open source license types are pre-approved (deemed acceptable) for use, and which require prior review by the Legal & Corporate Affairs team (as their use may be unacceptable).
Team members wishing to use open source software should now refer to the comprehensive Blue Oak Council license list, and proceed, as follows:
Pre-approved (Acceptable): Software associated with license types rated Gold, Silver, andBronze are considered pre-approved for use by the Legal & Corporate Affairs team.
Approval required (Potentially Acceptable or Unacceptable): Software associated with a Lead rated license type or software associated with a license not included on the Blue Oak Council list requires review before use by the Legal & Corporate Affairs team.
Team members must ensure that we comply with all requirements and restrictions associated with the applicable license (these are typically defined in the body text of the license).
For general information, see: Google Open Source Program and Licenses
For requests related to use of third-party software or other questions related to the use of open source licenses, open a Legal Issue and include any information relevant to the request.
If you're contributing to an open source project on behalf of GitLab, you may be required to enter into a CLA. In accordance with the Authorization Matrix Policy, Legal approval is required to you enter into a CLA on behalf of GitLab.
If you have the choice between a Corporate and Individual CLAs, opt for the Corporate CLA.
Follow these steps to obtain legal approval and enter into a CLA on behalf of GitLab:
Licensinglabel to the issue.
gitlab.comemail address should be used. Access to this Google Group can be requested and granted via the issue if required.
gitlab.comemail if one is required) and begin contributing to the project.
Contributions to a third-party project on behalf of GitLab should be made using your @gitlab.com email address. We are continuing to develop our policy and workflow around CLAs on behalf of GitLab contributors. See related issue here. For any questions in the meantime, please post to the #legal Slack channel.
Alternatively, if looking for information on contributing to GitLab see here.
The purpose behind this initiative is to ensure consistent and fair licensing enforcement for breaches of certain licensing terms, in order to support the continued growth of the open source community. Further information on this initiative is available here.
GitLab's GPL Cooperation Commitment follows:
Before filing or continuing to prosecute any legal proceeding or claim (other than a Defensive Action) arising from termination of a Covered License, GitLab commits to extend to the person or entity (“you”) accused of violating the Covered License the following provisions regarding cure and reinstatement, taken from GPL version 3. As used here, the term ‘this License’ refers to the specific Covered License being enforced.
However, if you cease all violation of this License, then your license from a particular copyright holder is reinstated (a) provisionally, unless and until the copyright holder explicitly and finally terminates your license, and (b) permanently, if the copyright holder fails to notify you of the violation by some reasonable means prior to 60 days after the cessation.
Moreover, your license from a particular copyright holder is reinstated permanently if the copyright holder notifies you of the violation by some reasonable means, this is the first time you have received notice of violation of this License (for any work) from that copyright holder, and you cure the violation prior to 30 days after your receipt of the notice.
GitLab intends this Commitment to be irrevocable, and binding and enforceable against GitLab and assignees of or successors to GitLab’s copyrights.
GitLab may modify this Commitment by publishing a new edition on this page or a successor location.
‘Covered License’ means the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2), the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 2.1 (LGPLv2.1), or the GNU Library General Public License, version 2 (LGPLv2), all as published by the Free Software Foundation.
‘Defensive Action’ means a legal proceeding or claim that GitLab brings against you in response to a prior proceeding or claim initiated by you or your affiliate.
GitLab means GitLab Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries.