The 5G-MAG Reference Tools software makes use of various licenses to distribute and accept contributions from the community. This allows developers and organizations to choose the framework that works for them, given our main purpose is to build and put technology into action. The more the contributors, testers and developers, the better. The repositories and their licenses can be consulted here.
Individuals and/or companies with a signed Contributor License Agreement (CLA) can contribute code. Reach our to us in case of doubts and any clarification.
LICENSE MODEL & CONTRIBUTOR LICENSE AGREEMENT (CLA)
The 5G-MAG Reference Tools may be used in validation, verification, demonstrations, trials and possible even in commercial services. For this purpose, some of the repositories under the 5G-MAG Reference Tools development programme are developed under permissible license.
5G-MAG Public License v1.0
The 5G-MAG Public License v1.0, which is a modified version of the Apache 2.0 license, includes a patent clause to allows contributors to make patent license available to third parties under FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms for commercial exploitation. The 5G-MAG Reference Tools code is free for non-commercial, study, testing and research purposes.
We expect this setup to allow contributions to the 5G-MAG Reference Tools from organizations with a significant patent portfolio while keeping these rights. This scheme is aligned with ETSI and 3GPP FRAND policy with respect to licensing. This aspect is key in particular to encourage companies which own significant portfolio of patents to be able to contribute code while keeping their essential IPR.
Contributor License Agreement
In order to clarify the intellectual property license granted with contributions from any person or entity willing to contribute under the 5G-MAG Public License, a Contributor License Agreement ("CLA") is required to be on file signed by each Contributor, indicating agreement to the license terms. We do this for your protection as a contributor as well as the protection of 5G-MAG and its users; and it does not change your rights to use your own contributions for any other purpose.
ARE YOU A 5G-MAG MEMBER?
5G-MAG members, as sponsors of the activity, are able to:
Define and provide input to the roadmap
Define development priorities and identify the required features to be implemented
Join the regular calls of the internal 5G-MAG Reference Tools Task Force
However, in order to contribute code under the 5G-MAG Public License, a signed CLA is required.