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Bosch Internal Open Source License Version 4
Robert Bosch GmbH
- (c) Robert Bosch GmbH, 2016
BIOSL v4 -- Bosch Internal Open Source License Version 4
(C) Robert Bosch GmbH,
2016 Release Date: 2016-03-22
Note from the authors: Most Bosch employees are not in fact lawyers, so we also
make the license available in a format that that can be understood by every
Bosch associate -- the BIOSL v4 Deed, accessible under https://sourcecode.socialcoding.bosch.com/projects/SC/repos/soco_policies/browse/BIOS_License_V4_Deed.md
Each contribution to or start of a project on the Bosch Social Coding Platform
which is accessible to all Bosch affiliates shall be licensed under this
"BIOS-License". The Parties hereby agree as follows:
1.1. "Affiliates" means, with respect to any Party, any other legal entity
that, directly, or indirectly, controls, or is controlled by or is under
common control with, such Party. For purposes of this definition,
"control" shall mean the possession, directly, or indirectly, of more
than fifty percent (50%) of the shares.
1.2. "Contribution" means any or all modifications, corrections, translations,
adaptations and/or new functions resulting in a modified version.
1.3. "Distribution" means, for the purpose of this License Agreement, off-line
and on-line distribution.
1.4. "BIOS" Bosch Internal Open Source projects
1.5. "BIOSL" means this legal document.
1.6. "Licensee" means any Party exercising permissions granted under this
1.7. "Licensor" means any Author granting a License under this License
1.8. "BIOS Artefact" means the software licensed under this License Agreement
in its object code and/or Source Code form and its documentation.
1.9. "Repository" means the software repository in which the Program and
modified versions are stored and administered and which is accessible at
1.10. "Software-as-a-Service" means a software distribution model in which the
Program is hosted by a service provider and made available to customers
over a network with or without transferring a copy of the Program.
1.11. "Source Code" means the preferred form of the Program for making
modifications to it.
2. Grant of Rights
2.1. Grant of a Copyright License
Each Licensor hereby grants to each Licensee a worldwide, perpetual,
royalty-free, irrevocable non-exclusive license to use the Program in all
known and unknown forms of use
2.2. Grant of a Invention or Patent License
Each Licensor hereby grants to each Licensee and its Affiliates a
worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable non-exclusive license to
make, have made, use, offer to sell, sell, import, and otherwise transfer
the Program, where such license applies only to those patent claims
licensable by such Licensor that are necessarily infringed by their
Contribution(s) alone or by Modified Versions of the Program distributed
or used by such Licensor.
Legal obligations arising from employee inventions or inventions with
inventive mission remain unaffected.
2.3. No Transfer of Licenses
Licenses granted under this License Agreement may not be transferred or
assigned to third parties.
2.4. Licenses to Third Parties
Each Licensee may grant to any third party the sublicense to reproduce and
distribute the Program and/or to offer the Program by way of
2.5. Licenses to Affiliates
Each Licensor may grant to its Affiliates the sublicense to use the
Program in all known and unknown forms of use.
These grants of rights are subject to the following conditions:
3.1. Any derivative software has to be licensed under the BIOSL.
3.2. The incorporated copyright notice for each file stating the name of the
author and/or the legal entity or third party the author is employed at,
the LICENSE file, and this permission notice shall be included in all
copies or substantial portions of the Software.
3.3. If any third party software is included in any derivative work the origin,
name, version and license of this third party component has to be added
to the documentation (this applies for Open Source as well as for
proprietary Open Source Software)
4.1. If a Party or its Affiliate distributes the Program or Modified Versions
or offers the Program or Modified Versions by way of Software-as-a-Service
this Party has to meet the following conditions:
(1) The parts of the Software provided under the BIOSL for internal usage
are in general closed (non open) source and no source code or any
associated documentation from the Software may be distributed
outside Robert Bosch GmbH and its affiliates unless
a) it is required for certain integrated open source components; or
b) it is stringently required by a third party and protected by a NDA
which follows the RB NDA standard.
(2) The business unit or legal entity building a product for external
usage based on the Software or distributing the source code within
Robert Bosch GmbH
a) is responsible for the product warranty and liability.
b) has to ensure fulfilment of all obligations related to all third
party components (including open source licenses) integrated into
the Software as well as proprietary licenses if any.
c) has to ensure compliance to the Central Directive "Handling OSS".
d) has to exclude the development costs for all integrated BIOS
Artefacts from product cost calculation.
(3) Each usage of a BIOS Artefact within product development and/or for
distribution this has to be reported to the Social Coding Core Team.
(4) The Third party shall not be entitled to use the product based on the
BIOS Artefact outside its operation or for purposes other than its own
The grant of rights according to Section 2 is free of charge.
6. Warranty and Liability
6.1. All warranties with regard to the grant of rights according to Section 2
are specifically excluded; in particular licensor do not warrant the
usability, usefulness or practicability of their Contributions and
non-infringement of third party rights.
6.2. The Parties of this License Agreement shall be liable to the respective
other Party only in case of intent or gross negligence of the liable Party
or its Affiliates.
7. Effective Date
This License Agreement shall be effective for all software, which is is created
in relation to a BIOS project and/or stored in a BIOS project repository by any
Party whereas this License Agreement is applicable from the date of the
creation or respective storage.
8.1. Any violation of obligations of a Party under this License automatically
terminates the rights of the incompliant Party and its Affiliates under
this License Agreement. How-ever, if the incompliant Party becomes
compliant, then the rights granted under this License Agreement are
8.2. Any rights of third parties having obtained the Program or rights to the
Program from the incompliant Party shall remain unaffected.
8.3. If the License Agreement terminates for a single or several individual
Parties, the License Agreement shall continue in full force and effect for
the remaining Parties.
8.4. With respect to any Party, for which the License Agreement is terminated,
the grant of rights according to Section 2 and the obligations set forth
in Section 3 shall continue in full force and effect for the grant of
rights of this Party owned prior to the date of the termination.
9. Applicable Law
9.1 Any claim arising under or relating to this License Agreement shall be
governed by the laws of Germany, without regard to principles of conflict
of laws to the contrary.
9.2 All disputes arising out of or in connection with this License Agreement
shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Stuttgart
Federal Republic of Germany.
10.1. If any paragraph, provision, or clause in this License Agreement shall be
found or be held to be invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction in
which this License Agreement is being performed, the remainder of this
License Agreement shall be valid and enforceable and the parties shall use
good faith to negotiate a substitute, valid and enforceable provision
which most nearly effects the parties intent in entering into this License