Our licensing policy reflects our commitment to open source technologies and collaborative ways of working. We believe that sharing our work openly is a benefit to others and ourselves.
Public license for the public good
As a company, and as individuals working at CivicActions, we license all work products (including code, text, and other creative expressions) under public license.
Our practical intention with this policy is to remove legal barriers that would keep organizations and individuals from rapidly deploying works that are critical to achieving their mission.
As our default position, we obtain all materials under a public license from our contractors and clients, and we provide works to others under the same licenses.
All software is released under the Affero General Public License (AGPL) or, if required by the original copyright holder, under the GNU General Public License.
All content produced, including project management methods and email messages, is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.
Open culture, open minds
In practice, this policy supports the culture and values of CivicActions by allowing us to:
- Stay focused on the work of helping clients accomplish their objectives
- Attract clients that hold similar values and wish to empower their own communities through public and open source licensing
- Attract creative, technical, and strategic talent by allowing them to maintain access to their creations forever
- Position ourselves so that we are paid for being present, not for work that was done in the past
Our free and open licensing policies help our company grow and thrive, while empowering others to do the same.