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CollectionSpace is licensed under the Educational Community License, Version 2.0 (abbreviated as "ECL-2.0").

ECL-2.0 is an open source license that complies with the Open Source Definition.

Contributor Agreements

In order to legally publish source code in the CollectionSpace repository, LYRASIS needs permission from the creators of the code and from the organizations for which they work. The following agreements are provided for this purpose:

Signed agreements should be emailed to the CollectionSpace technical lead via collectionspace (at)

License Text for Inclusion in CollectionSpace Source Code Files

The text below is a template to be customized to designate the year and copyright owner and to be included at the beginning of each source code file. There is also a LICENSE file in the directory tree. The copyright notice embedded in the file itself can be different than the copyright notice in the LICENSE file, in which case the copyright notice in the LICENSE file applies to the "collective work" and the embedded copyright notice applies to the contents of the file itself.

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Licensed under the Educational Community License (ECL), Version 2.0. You may not use this file except in compliance with this License.

You may obtain a copy of the ECL-2.0 License at

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There is a template for a comment block, referencing this license text, that you can include in your source code files.

License for Non-Code Content and Contributions

All content presented by the CollectionSpace program team on the wiki and website is licensed via the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License. This license allows users to: share, copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format; and adapt, remix, transform, and build upon the materials. Users may do so for any purpose, even commercial. Users must give appropriate credit upon reuse (name of the creator and attribution parties, a copyright notice, a license notice, a disclaimer notice, and a link to the material), provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. Users may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses the user or his/her use. The user may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

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