Options for IP language in our grant agreements

Here are the nine possible options for intellectual property agreements our staff will use in developing your organization’s grant request.

1. Content 

Any news articles, text, photographs, audiovisual materials, or similar content developed using funds provided by the Foundation

Type of Award of Specific KF Initiative & License for Public Availability: Grant / CC BY-NC-SA Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike license, version 4.0

Additional Terms and Conditions: The Public Materials shall be made available for a reasonable period of time after its first publication, such period to be no shorter than 12 months. Subject to compliance with this requirement, Grantee may additionally exploit such Public Materials on terms of its choosing. The Public Materials shall be made available for a reasonable period of time after its first publication, such period to be no shorter than 12 months. Subject to compliance with this requirement, Grantee may additionally exploit such Public Materials on terms of its choosing.

2. Content 

Any news articles, text, photographs, audiovisual materials, or similar content developed using funds provided by the Foundation.

Type of Award of Specific KF Initiative & License for Public Availability: Expenditure Responsibility Grant / CC BY Attribution license, version 3.0

Additional Terms and Conditions: None.

3. Software

Type of Award of Specific KF Initiative & License for Public Availability: Grant, Inc. Knight News Challenge / GNU General Public License (version 2 or 3 at the grantee’s option)

Additional Terms and Conditions: With the Foundation’s prior written consent, Grantee may use another open source software license approved by the Open Source Initiative.

4. Software – Client

Type of Award of Specific KF Initiative & License for Public Availability: Expenditure Responsibility Grant, Inc. Knight News Challenge / GNU General Public License (version 2 or 3 at the grantee’s option)

Additional Terms and Conditions: With the Foundation’s prior written consent, Grantee may use another open source software license approved by the Open Source Initiative. Grantee shall abide by the obligations of the open source license specified as if Grantee were a licensee of the applicable materials under that license. Grantee shall continue to make the materials available for a period of no less than five years after the materials are first made available.

5. Software – Server

Type of Award of Specific KF Initiative & License for Public Availability: Expenditure Responsibility Grant, Inc. Knight News Challenge / GNU Affero General Public License, version 3

Additional Terms and Conditions: With the Foundation’s prior written consent, Grantee may use another open source software license approved by the Open Source Initiative.

Grantee shall abide by the obligations of the open source license specified as if Grantee were a licensee of the applicable materials under that license Grantee shall continue to make the materials available for a period of no less than five years after the materials are first made available.

6. Manuals and Documentation (for software or business processes)

Type of Award of Specific KF Initiative & License for Public Availability: Grant, Inc. Knight News Challenge / CC BY-SA Attribution-Share Alike license, version 4.0

Additional Terms and Conditions: None.

7. Manuals and Documentation (for software or business processes)

Type of Award of Specific KF Initiative & License for Public Availability: Expenditure Responsibility Grant, Inc. Knight News Challenge / CC BY-SA Attribution-Share Alike license, version 4.0

Additional Terms and Conditions: With the Foundation’s prior written consent, Grantee may use another Creative Commons License. Grantee shall abide by the obligations of the Creative Commons License specified as if Grantee were a licensee of the applicable materials under that license. Grantee shall continue to make such materials available for a period of no less than five years after the materials are first made available.

8. Art works and performances

Type of Award of Specific KF Initiative & License for Public Availability: Grant or Expenditure Responsibility Grant, Inc. Knight Arts Challenge / CC BY-NC-ND. Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivative license, version 4.0

Additional Terms and Conditions: None.

9. Basic or applied scientific research leading to potentially patentable products

Type of Award of Specific KF Initiative & License for Public Availability: Grant / License specified by the institution’s internal IP policy, if the policy’s license choice is based on statutorily mandated rules. If no license is specified by statutorily mandated rules, then use CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication.

Additional Terms and Conditions: None.

Exceptions to this clause must be approved by the Foundation in writing. Grantee shall not make available such Public Materials, or any derivative works of the Public Materials, under any other licensing terms, without the Foundation’s prior written consent.