Cryptographic Autonomy License draft v1.0-Beta

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Cryptographic Autonomy License version 1.0-Beta 2019-05-09

This Cryptographic Autonomy License (the “License”) applies to any Work whose owner has marked it with any of the following notices:

“Licensed under the Cryptographic Autonomy License version 1.0,” or “CAL-1.0”, or

“Licensed under the Cryptographic Autonomy License version 1.0, with Combined Work Exception,” or “CAL-1.0-With-Exception.”

The owner may also specify in the same location as the notice a jurisdiction for disputes arising from the use of a particular Work:

The Applicable Jurisdiction for disputes arising from the licensing or use of this Work is _____.

License Grant


Conditioned on compliance with Conditions, and subject to the reservations of Limitations on Grants, you have world-wide, royalty-free, non-exclusive permission to:

  1. Take any action with the Work or a Modified Work that would infringe the copyright or database protection laws of an Applicable Jurisdiction applying to the Work, including Publicly Performing any element included in or derived from the Work, and

  2. Take any action with the Work or a Modified Work that would infringe any patent claims Licensable by Licensor, to the extent that those claims are embodied in the Work as distributed by Licensor.

Limitations on Grants

The following reservations apply to the permissions granted in Grants:

  1. Licensor does not grant any patent license for claims that are only infringed due to the modification of the Work or the combination of the Work, directly or indirectly, with any other component, including other Software or hardware.

  2. Licensor does not grant any license to the trademarks, service marks, or logos of Licensor, except to the extent necessary to comply with the attribution conditions in Attribution, or compatible or not compatible with the Work, is allowed as a fair or nominative use.


The following conditions apply to any exercise of the permissions given in Grants. These are the only conditions imposed by this license relative to the Work; any other exercise of the permissions given in Grants is allowed.


You must:

  1. retain all copyright, patent, or trademark notices contained in the Source Code, as well as any notices of licensing, authorship, or attribution, and

  2. provide all such notices to each Recipient, together with a statement acknowledging the use of the Software.

Notices may be provided directly to a Recipient or via an easy-to-find hyperlink to an Internet location also providing Access to Source Code.

Licensed Distribution

Any distribution, Public Performance, sale, or offer for sale of the Work to a Recipient is subject to the following conditions:

Distribution of Source Code for an Unmodified Work

Subject to the exception in Combined Work Exception, You must provide to each Recipient of the Work Access to all the Source Code for the Work provided, sold, or offered to the Recipient.

Distribution of Source Code for a Modified Work

Subject to the exception in Combined Work Exception, You must provide to each Recipient of a Modified Work Access to Source Code corresponding to those portions of the Work remaining in the Modified Work as well as the modifications used by You to create the Modified Work. The Source Code corresponding to the modifications in a Modified Work must be provided to the Recipient either:

  1. under this License, or

  2. under a Compatible Open Source License.

Maintaining User Autonomy

You must refrain from using the permissions given under this License to interfere with Recipient’s quiet enjoyment of any Lawful Interest in their own User Data. This includes:

No Limits on Independently Processing

You may not, by means of cryptographic controls, technological protection measures, or any other method, limit a third party from independently Processing User Data in which they have a Lawful Interest.

Provide Copies of User Data

Throughout any period in which You exercise any of the permissions granted to You under this License, You must also provide to any Recipient third party to whom You provide services using the Work, a no-charge copy, provided in a commonly used electronic form, of the User Data in your possession in which that third party has a Lawful Interest, to the extent that such User Data is available to You for use in conjunction with the Work.

No Abusing Capabilities

You may not use the Software to control any cryptographic keys, seeds, or hashes pertaining to third parties where such control would prevent the third party from independently exercising the permissions granted under this License.

Permit Circumvention

You waive any legal power to forbid circumvention of technical protection measures that include use of the Work.

No Self-Help

You waive any claim that the capabilities of the Work were limited or modified as a means of enforcing the legal rights of third parties against Recipients.

No Other Processing Obligations

Other than the conditions in Licensed Distribution and Provide Copies of User Data, nothing in this License requires You to provide processing services to anyone.

Combined Work Exception

As an exception to the conditions in Distribution of Source Code for an Unmodified Work and Distribution of Source Code for a Modified Work, any Source Code files marked by the Licensor as having the “Combined Work Exception,” or any Object Code exclusively resulting from Source Code files so marked, may be combined with other Software into a “Larger Work.” So long as you comply with the conditions in Attribution, Licensed Distribution, and Maintaining User Autonomy relative to the Source Code provided to you by Licensor, any other Software in the Larger Work as well as the Larger Work as a whole may be licensed under the terms of your choice.

Acceptance and Remedies

By taking any action that, absent this License, would infringe Licensor’s intellectual property in the Software under the laws of an Applicable Jurisdiction, You agree to the terms and conditions of this License in consideration of the permissions granted. Any use of the Work outside the scope of this License infringes the rights of the Licensor. In the event of infringement, the terms and conditions of this License may be enforced via the intellectual property laws of the Applicable Jurisdiction. In addition, You are not responsible for enforcing compliance by third parties with this License, but You agree that either the Licensor or a Recipient (as an intended third-party beneficiary) may enforce these conditions via specific performance.

Term and Termination

The term of this License begins when You receive the Work, and continues until terminated for any of the reasons described herein, or until all Licensor’s intellectual property rights in the Software expire, whichever comes first (“Term”). If this License is terminated for any reason, all permissions granted to You under License Grant by any Licensor automatically terminate. You will immediately cease exercising any permissions granted in this License relative to the Work, including as part of any Modified Work.

Termination for Non-Compliance; Reinstatement

This License terminates automatically if You fail to comply with any of the conditions in Conditions. As a special exception to termination for non-compliance, Your permissions for the Work under this License will automatically be reinstated if You come into compliance with all the conditions in Conditions within sixty days of being notified by Licensor or an intended third party beneficiary of Your noncompliance. You are eligible for reinstatement of permissions for the Work one time only, and only for the sixty days immediately after becoming aware of noncompliance. Loss of permissions granted for the Work under this License due to either:

  1. sustained noncompliance lasting more than sixty days or

  2. subsequent termination for noncompliance after reinstatement

is permanent, unless rights are specifically restored by Licensor in writing.

Termination Due to Litigation

If You initiate litigation against Licensor, or any Recipient of the Work, either direct or indirect, asserting that the Work directly or indirectly infringes any patent, then all permissions granted to You by this License shall terminate. In the event of termination due to litigation, all permissions validly granted by You under this License, directly or indirectly, shall survive termination. Administrative review procedures, declaratory judgment actions, and counterclaims in response to patent litigation do not cause termination due to litigation.

Disclaimer of Warranty and Limits on Liability

Disclaimer of Warranty

The Work is provided under this License on an “AS IS” BASIS and WITHOUT WARRANTY, either express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of non-infringement, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY OF THE WORK IS WITH YOU. This disclaimer is an essential part of this License. No license to the Work is granted except under this disclaimer.

Limitation of Liability

Under no circumstances and under no legal theory, whether in tort (including negligence), contract, or otherwise, shall the Licensor be liable to anyone for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any character arising as a result of this License or the use of the Work including, without limitation, damages for loss of goodwill, work stoppage, computer failure or malfunction, loss of profits, revenue, or any and all other commercial damages or losses. This limitation of liability shall not apply to the extent applicable law prohibits such limitation.


  1. “Access to Source Code” means any of:

    1. a copy of or

    2. no-charge unrestricted network access to

    the Source Code. Network access to the Source Code may be provided by You or by a third party, such as a public software repository, and must persist during the same period in which You exercise any of the permissions granted to You under this License and for at least one (1) year thereafter.

  2. “Affiliate” means any other entity that, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, the Licensee.

  3. “Applicable Jurisdiction” means any of:

    1. the jurisdiction where the Licensor is located,

    2. the jurisdiction where the Licensee is located, or

    3. any jurisdiction in which the Licensee is subject to the legal system.

  4. “Compatible Open Source License” means an Open Source License that allows Object Code that is created using both Source Code provided under this License and Source Code provided under the Open Source License to be distributed together as a single work.

  5. “Lawful Interest” means either:

    1. an ownership interest or

    2. a non-ownership property or possessory interest

    including but not limited to lawful possession of a particular copy of a work.

  6. “Licensable” means having the right to grant, to the maximum extent possible, whether at the time of the initial grant or subsequently, any and all of the rights conveyed by this License.

  7. “Licensee” (also “You” or “Your”) means an individual or a legal entity exercising rights under this License.

  8. “Licensor” means the individual or legal entity that creates, contributes to the creation of, or owns a Work subject to this License.

  9. “Modified Work” means any work containing, directly combining with, derivative of, or Publicly Performing elements included in or derived from the Work.

  10. “Object Code” means any form of the work other than Source Code form, provided by Licensor or the result of any compilation process applied to the Source Code.

  11. “Open Source License” means any license approved by the Open Source Initiative (see

  12. “Process User Data” (or “Processing User Data”) means:

    1. use a system,

    2. perform a method, or

    3. cause any other party to use a system or perform a method

    using at least in part the Work provided under this License, where User Data is an input or an output to the system or method.

  13. “Public Performance” (or “Publicly Performing”) means using the Software to take any action that implicates the rights of public performance or public display of a work under copyright law, specifically including making aspects of the Software, including any interfaces used for access to or manipulation of User Data, directly or indirectly available to the public.

  14. “Recipient” means any non-Affiliate third party being offered the Software, receiving the Software, or receiving a Public Performance of any element of the Software from You.

  15. “Software” means either Source Code or Object Code.

  16. “Source Code” means the form of the work preferred for making modifications, including any comments, design documentation, help materials, installation instructions, cryptographic keys, and any information reasonably necessary to compile the Source Code into Object Code or Process User Data using generated Object Code.

  17. “User Data” means any data that is either:

    1. an input to or

    2. an output from

    the Work or a Modified Work, in which a third party other than the Licensee has a Lawful Interest in the data.

  18. “Work” means any original creation protectable under the patent, copyright, or database protection rights of either the Licensor’s or the Licensee’s jurisdiction.

Other Provisions

Jurisdiction and Governing Law

A Licensor may require that any action or suit by a Licensee relating to a Work provided by Licensor under this License may be brought only in the courts of a particular jurisdiction and under the laws of a particular jurisdiction (excluding its conflict-of-law provisions), if Licensor provides conspicuous notice of the particular jurisdiction to all Licensees.

Interpretation of Provisions

To the extent allowable under the Applicable Jurisdiction, provision of User Data in compliance with the conditions in No Limits on Independently Processing and Provide Copies of User Data shall be interpreted consistently with the formatting and transmission requirements of General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (“GDPR”) Arts. 15(3) and 20(1). The number of copies of User Data provided in compliance with the conditions in Provide Copies of User Data shall at least the same number needed to comply with GDPR Art. 15(3).

No extension beyond intellectual property

The scope of the permissions granted in Grants shall be interpreted to be coextensive with the rights granted to the Licensor under the intellectual property laws of the jurisdiction in which this License is enforced. The scope of the permissions granted also includes any necessary permissions, such as for moral rights, needed in a jurisdiction to exercise the permissions explicitly granted in Grants.

No Sublicensing

This License is not sublicensable. Each time You provide the Work or a Modified Work to a Recipient, the Recipient automatically receives a license under the terms described in this License. You may not impose any further reservations, conditions, or other provisions on any Recipients’ exercise of the permissions granted herein.

Attorneys’ Fees

In any action to enforce the terms of this License, or seeking damages relating thereto, including by an intended third party beneficiary, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its costs and expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in connection with such action, including any appeal of such action. Attorneys’ Fees shall survive the termination of this License.

No Waiver

Any failure by Licensor to enforce any provision of this License will not constitute a present or future waiver of such provision nor limit Licensor’s ability to enforce such provision at a later time.


If any provision of this License is held to be unenforceable, such provision shall be reformed only to the extent necessary to make it enforceable. Any invalid or unenforceable portions will be interpreted to the effect and intent of the original portion. If such construction is not possible, the invalid or unenforceable portion will be severed from this License but the rest of this License will remain in full force and effect.

License for the Text of this License

The text of this license is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, with the caveat that any modifications of this license may not use the name “Cryptographic Autonomy License” or any name confusingly similar thereto to describe any derived work of this License.