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Our goal is to reduce opportunities for abusive enforcement tactics and, more broadly, to promote greater predictability in the enforcement of GPLv2 and LGPLv2.x licenses. Through this initiative, we hope to increase participation in the use and development of open source software by helping to ensure that enforcement, when it takes place, is fair and predictable.

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When you add your name to the GPL Cooperation Commitment for individuals, you’re telling the world that:


“As President of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), I’m pleased to sign my name to the GPL Cooperation Commitment. This recent initiative by Red Hat helps to set a precedent for cooperation in GPL license enforcement―it’s a way to tell the open source community that good intentions matter. I encourage other members of the community to support this initiative by adding your name. Let’s celebrate the 20th anniversary of Open Source by spreading this everywhere!” -Simon Phipps


Legally, you are agreeing to this commitment:

Solely for any software for which I personally own copyright that is licensed under a Covered License, before filing or continuing to prosecute any legal proceeding or claim (other than a Defensive Action) arising from termination of a Covered License, I commit 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.”

I intend this Commitment to be irrevocable, and binding and enforceable against me and assignees of or successors to my copyrights.

Definitions:

‘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 I bring against you in response to a prior proceeding or claim initiated by you or your affiliate.

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THE ABOVE COMMITMENT IS AGREED TO BY THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS

Michael K. Dolan Jr. (https://github.com/mkdolan)

Joseph D. Schram

Lon Hohberger

Martin Koller

Clayton Coleman

Scott Marlow (https://github.com/scottmarlow)

Naveen Malik

Winston Lloyd

Jiří Konečný

Máirín Duffy

Adam B Kaplan

Max Rydahl Andersen

Francois Dechery

Narayanan Raghavan

Robbie Harwood (https://github.com/frozencemetery)

Valentin Born (born2webdesign)

Ryan Jarvinen

Christoph Görn

David Mair

Martin Kolle

Julen Landa Alustizs

Simon Phipps

Jason Hibbets

Erika Nelson

Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek

Philip Wyett

Tim Burke

Zachary Snyder

Thomas Buchinger

Robert Krawitz

Niels de Vos

Brenton Leanhardt

Michael Christenson

Mike Bonnet

Maxim Burgerhout

Goutham Pacha Ravi

Daniel Oh

Brian Stansberry

Zhao Wei

James Cole

David O’Brien

Brent Dunn

Cédric Jeanneret

Xavi Hernandez

Tomáš Smetana

Javier Ramirez

Laurent Vivier

Radek Vokál

Emmanuel Bernard

Sarah Masud

Solly Ross

Carlos Maiolino

Pritesh Kasliwal

Seth Kenlon

Sebastian Dunne

Alberto Gutierrez

Marcelo Ricardo Leitner

Paul Richardson

Jason Joyce

Sri Sankaran

Pavol Loffay

Sandro Bonazzola

Harish Pillay

Oscar Carvajal

Michael McCune

Beni Paskin-Cherniavsky

Greg Sheremeta

Patrick Uiterwijk

Paul W. Frields

Benjamin Tissoires

Dave Stanley

Stefan van Oirschot

Rebecca Fernandez

Michel Peterson

Masahiro Matsuya

Patrick Easters

Saravanakumar Arumugam

Tiago Moreira Vieira

Javier Peña

Petr Viktorin

Michael Vorburger.ch

Mariano Fernandez

Alan Conway

Patrick Regan

Alejandro Martinez Ruiz

Shawn Wells

Gabriel Szász

Justin M. Forbes

Martin André

Michal Sekletár

Kelly Baugh

Christa Martin

Simon J. Hernandez

Eric Blake

Margaret Walters

Ajay Chenampara

Sally O’Malley

Suresh Thiru

Bryant Son

Vincent Danen

Freddy Rolland

Marcel Hild

Scott McCarty

Daniel Riek

Stephen Kitt

Stephen Gallagher

Bryan Kearney

Bill Burns

Mark McLoughlin

Dan Callaghan

Victoria Martinez de la Cruz

Radoslav Husar

Karsten Wade

Philippe Ombredanne

Andrew John Hughes

Arsenijs Picugins

Micah Halter

Kory Schneider

Rishabh Nambiar

Michael Grupp

Robert Scheck

Charles Marshall

Thiago Rafael Becker

Lucas Alvares Gomes

Adam Miller

Daniel Mellado

Kevin Greenwood

Will Gordon

Matthew Ward

Antonio Navarro

Martin Tessun

Bernard Cafarelli

Jason Baker

Lokesh Mandvekar

Diane Ferguson

Rene LeBlanc

Matthew Davis

Jen Albertson

William Caban

Nicole Baratta

Roman Mohr

Alexander Jacocks

Shayne Czyzewski

Jeff Needle

Dan Walsh

Bill Nottingham

Jona Azizaj

Sandra Falzarano

Karen Noel

Ian Checkley

Sergio Lopez

Jason E. Rist

Gerard Ryan

Frédéric Giloux

Sylvia Reyes

Karen Noel

Yuri Lewash

Sheikh Mohammad Sajid

Roland Boemer

Athanasios Kostopoulos

Carol Chen

Garry Vaughn

John Velayudhan

Matija Šuklje

Margo Doty

Pere Benavent

Suman Kumar

Richard Fontana

Pushpender Singh

Paul Sutton

Abu Sakib

Akshay R. Kapadia

Giuseppe Scrivano

Marek Čermák

Thomas Claesson

Gregory Zuckerman

Ozgur Kara

Richard King

Ricardo Grant

Jakub Dubec

Francesco Pantano

Daniel Dominguez

Amjad Yaseen

Khaled Algharieb

Lee Hayward

Betsy Gamrat

Bernhard “Bero” Rosenkränzer

Elizabeth Rowland

Lucas Dagostino

Zdenek Veleba

Hubert Dabrowski

Wolfgang Denk

Chikita Isaac

Rachel Portnoy

Matt Kinney

Dan Yeaw

Ed Hussey

Amy Ross

Chris Negus

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Jonathan Castro

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Sameer Desai

Phil Cassaro

Joe Brockmeier

Eugene Cox

Jen Ratliff

Richard Monk

Alison Perkins

Payman Damghani

Lee Graham

Jenn Anderson

Miles Horton

Alex Wood

Paxton Campbell

Ashley Marshall

Kristen Douglas

Betsy Cook

Siddharth Sharma

Sarah Harvey

Scott Stewart

Mark Bowen

Brian Chang

Emily Verdu

Anwar Belayachi

Tabi Savage

Navin Singh

Ted Copeland

Matt Mariani

Vince Conzola

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Jason Thompson

Jessica Gidney

Teryl Mack

Nathaniel McCallum

Alejandro Sanchez

Larisso Peluso - Fleming

Chikita Isaac

Patrick Cole

Josh Smith

Jess Davis

Nair Hernandez

Aletra Wilkerson

Joshua Good

Jamie Duncan

Yasir Iman

Chelsea Peedin

Patrick Young

Syed Ahmed

Peter Lemenkov

Juan David Perez O.

Oliver Falk

David Proksch

Lalatendu Mohanty

David Kirwan

Pilar Bravo

Marco Donkers

Michael Hrivnak

Eliot Lash