Adobe Joins the GPL Cooperation Commitment

Jen Gray
Jen Gray
Nov 7, 2018 · 3 min read
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On behalf of the Adobe open source office, we are proud to announce that Adobe is joining dozens of other organizations dedicated to maintaining a collaborative open source ecosystem by signing on to the GNU General Public License (GPL) Cooperation Commitment. This commitment represents a rejection of certain tactics currently being employed in the enforcement of open source licenses.

At Adobe, our teams have built and contributed to a number of open source projects and communities that are core to our success, and we believe in fostering a safe, inclusive environment for contributors and the broader open source community. This includes a predictable grace period for those using our code to cure license non-compliance situations without fear of harsh and immediate enforcement action. We applaud Red Hat’s leadership of the GPL Cooperation Commitment and are excited to join this industry effort in upholding open source values.

Here’s what our agreement to you, the developer community, looks like formally.

Our commitment

Before filing or continuing to prosecute any legal proceeding or claim (other than a Defensive Action) arising from termination of a Covered License, Adobe commits to extend to the person or entity (“you”) accused of violating the Covered License the following provisions regarding cure and reinstatement, taken from GPL version 3. As used here, the term “this License” refers to the specific Covered License being enforced.

However, if you cease all violation of this License, then your license from a particular copyright holder is reinstated (a) provisionally, unless and until the copyright holder explicitly and finally terminates your license, and (b) permanently, if the copyright holder fails to notify you of the violation by some reasonable means prior to 60 days after the cessation.

Moreover, your license from a particular copyright holder is reinstated permanently if the copyright holder notifies you of the violation by some reasonable means, this is the first time you have received notice of violation of this License (for any work) from that copyright holder, and you cure the violation prior to 30 days after your receipt of the notice.

Adobe intends this Commitment to be irrevocable, and binding and enforceable against Adobe and assignees of or successors to Adobe’s copyrights.

Adobe may modify this Commitment by publishing a new edition on this page or a successor location.


“Covered License” means the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2), the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 2.1 (LGPLv2.1), or the GNU Library General Public License, version 2 (LGPLv2), all as published by the Free Software Foundation.

“Defensive Action” means a legal proceeding or claim that Adobe brings against you in response to a prior proceeding or claim initiated by you or your affiliate.

“Adobe” means Adobe and its subsidiaries.

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