Open Source Policy

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PiE's Open Source policy explains in plain language what PiE does to your, a contributor, rights to the work you create in your time as a PiE staff. This page will detail the type of licenses PiE Foundationwill apply to the different type of work you can be contributing, so that you can make informed decisions on whether you want to become a PiE staff contributor.

It is important for you to agree to this policy, through the signing of the Individual Contributor License Agreement (ICLA), because otherwise, PiE cannot use any of your contributions to PiE and will regretfully be unable to allow you to be a part of PiE staff.


Upon signing of the Individual Contributor License Agreement (ICLA), all work generated by you as a contributor is subjected to the terms of the ICLA.

Individual Contributor License Agreements (ICLAs)

The ICLA is (most likely) the document that referred you to this page. The ICLA, in simple terms, grants PIE Foundationa license to the work generated by you as a contributor. It enables you, the contributor, to retain the ultimate copyrights to work, but licenses PiE Foundationthe right to use your work as a part of its mission.

The signing of the ICLA is a precondition for you to become a PiE staff contributor and to receive a pioneers account.


Apache 2.0 License

All software contributions made to PiE Foundation are subjected to the Apache 2.0 license. For a laymen description, see here.

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license

All hardware contributions, such as mechanical and electrical drawings, as well as lessons, documentation, photo, videos, and other media, are subjected to the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. For a laymen description, see here.


You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.


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