14 Jan 2020

InnerSource License v0.101


ZERO and The One Foundation present the INNERSOURCE LICENSE (the “License”), a modified license for the benefit and sustainability of open-source projects. The purpose of this license is to simultaneously ensure that (a) ZERO software remains open and free and that (b) there is a sufficient economic model to reward the ongoing time and effort of project contributors.

While the majority of software utilized online today is open-source (Linux, Apache, TCP/IP, JavaScript, etc.), all too often companies simply take software from the open-source community, add a paywall or ad-model, and keep the majority of the profits generated. INNERSOURCE is an attempt of solving this by transcending the ‘open/closed’ debate and providing a legal framework that enables software to remain both free and open, as well as ensure that project contributors have a mechanism to be rewarded for their hard earned efforts. Our hope is that by providing a framework for open and distributed projects, we will see the migration from full-time employment at centralized institutions like Google, Facebook and Bank of America, to individuals who gain their own creative and economic sovereignty by contributing to open-source projects. Anyone is free to utilize this License for the benefit of their projects, irrespective of whether or not they are connected to ZERO.

The following includes some legalese that we need to present to You as part of this License. The Definitions section below outlines key terms for what is used herein.

License Options

INNERSOURCE provides two options for Open-Source Software (“OSS”); INNERSOURCE A and B. INNERSOURCE A enables the free and unencumbered use of software with limited restrictions. INNERSOURCE B encompasses additional protections specifically related to the monetization and reward of well-defined pieces of source-code through the use of cryptographic tokens.


OSS which is made available to You under our INNERSOURCE A License, similar to the MIT License, with the primary modification that You are required to contribute Software back to the ZERO Stack.

The INNERSOURCE A License states:


You are hereby granted permission to obtain a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software") for free and without restrictions (except those that are explicitly stated here), including, but not limited to the right to: use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

When using the Software, any modifications You make must be committed back to the relevant ZERO Stack and this modified Software will also be governed under the same respective INNERSOURCE A License.

In plain english, if you use any of the Software to build anything, you have to contribute what you built back to the ZERO Stack.



Software which is made available to You under INNERSOURCE B is licensed under the INNERSOURCE B License which is provided in its entirety in this section 4:

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In plain English, this means that You have the right to freely use, sell, import, or transfer, works that have been contributed by others under this License, even if those contributed works are covered by a patent.

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