Akvo licensing and copyrights

Back to all policies   All content and software on the Website is the copyright of Akvo Foundation or third parties. However, much of the Website’s content and software is available for your use under a number of open licences. For trademark restrictions, please refer to the Akvo Foundation Terms of use. Do note that Akvo® is a registered trademark of Stichting Akvo (Akvo Foundation). You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion or use of, or access to, the Website (including content, software and account information), with the following exceptions:


Akvo Foundation software

Akvo produced software

The Akvo Really Simple Reporting (Akvo RSR) and Akvo Flow systems are released under the GNU Affero General Public License. To read an overview and historical summary about the GNU AGPL License see this article at Wikipedia.


Akvo Contributor Agreement

Excepting content in the Akvopedia, which is covered by a separate agreement, as a contributor of ideas, code, or documentation to Akvo Foundation projects, you agree to complete, sign, and submit (via postal mail or email) a Contributor License Agreement (CLA) [PDF]. This agreement clearly defines the terms under which intellectual property has been contributed to the Akvo Foundation and will thereby allow the Akvo Foundation to defend a project should there be a legal dispute regarding the software at a future time. A signed CLA is required to be on file before an individual is given commit rights to an Akvo Foundation project.


Akvo Foundation content


Akvopedia content

Content within the Akvopedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA), as also described on the Akvopedia copyright page.

Creative Commons License


General website content

All content created by the Akvo Foundation and displayed on the Website is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Plus Netherlands License. (CC-BY-NC-SA Plus).

Creative Commons License


User-Generated Content on the Website

Material that is submitted to the Website by users is available is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Plus Netherlands License. (CC-BY-NC-SA Plus).

Creative Commons License


User-Generated Content and Data on the Akvo RSR service

Material that is submitted to the Akvo RSR service by users and systems, i.e. photographs, updates and project descriptions, is available is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Plus Netherlands License. (CC-BY-NC-SA Plus).

Creative Commons License

Data that is submitted to the Akvo RSR service by users and systems, i.e. other information than photographs, updates and project descriptions, is available under a dual license. Both licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. (CC-BY-SA).

Creative Commons License

and under the Open Database License 1.0 [ODbL] (or later versions as applicable), which can be found in its entirety here: https://opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/1.0/


User-Generated Content and Data on the Akvo FLOW service

Photographs that are submitted to the Akvo Flow service by users and systems is licensed under theCreative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. (CC-BY-NC-SA).

Creative Commons License

Data that is submitted to the Akvo Flow service by users and systems is available under a dual license. Both licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 License. (CC-BY-SA).

Creative Commons License

and under the Open Database License 1.0 [ODbL] (or later versions as applicable), which can be found in its entirety here: https://opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/1.0/


Subsystems on Akvo.org

There are a number of subsystems used on the Website and the underlying platform, most of which are covered by one Open License or another, such as GPL for Drupal and Ubuntu or the Apache License for the Apache web server. We do not change these installations in any significant way, other than configurations. If we make substantive changes, we will republish those changes under the respective licence of the host software.


Copyright Violations

The Akvo Foundation respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. The Akvo Foundation has no responsibility for content on third party websites that you may find or access when using the Akvo Foundation’s products or services. Material available on or through other websites may be protected by copyright and intellectual property laws. The terms of use of those websites, and not the Akvo Foundation Terms, shall govern your use of that material.

It is the Akvo Foundation’s policy, at its sole discretion, to disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who may infringe or repeatedly infringe the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of the Akvo Foundation and/or others.

If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide the Akvo Foundation with the following information:

1. an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest; 2. a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed; 3. a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Website, with enough detail that we may find it; 4. your address, telephone number, and email address; 5. a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law; 6. a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.

The Akvo Foundation’s agent for notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:

By mail: Copyright Notice c/o Akvo Foundation ‘s-Gravenhekje 1A 1011 TG Amsterdam Netherlands

By email: info@akvo.org


Trademarks

The names, images and logos identifying Akvo Foundation or any other third parties referred to on the Website and their content, products and services may be subject to copyright, design rights or trademark rights. The Akvo Foundation’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the names Akvo®, Akvo.org™, Really Simple Reporting™, Akvo RSR™, Akvopedia™, Akvo Caddisfly™ and Akvo Lumen™. These trademarks may not be reproduced without the consent of the relevant owners. Nothing contained in these Terms shall be construed as conferring any licence or right to use any trademark, design right or copyright of Akvo Foundation or any other third party.

The trademarks: Field Levels Operation Watch™, FLOW™,  Akvo FLOW™ and Akvo Flow™, belong to Water for People and are used by Akvo Foundation with permission.


Permissions

If you are seeking permission to use The Akvo Foundation trademarks, logos, service marks, trade dress, slogans, screen shots, copyrighted designs, or other brand features, please contact info@akvo.org.


Revision history

19 May 2016: Added trademark section (previously in terms of use), removed Akvo Openaid and Akvo Direct from the original text and added Akvo Lumen and Akvo Caddisfly. 
6 May 2016: Removed reference to Akvo Openaid (discontinued product).
26 July 2012: Changed the subtitle “Akvo Really Simple Reporting software” to “Akvo produced software” as the section doesn’t only refer to Akvo RSR anymore.
21 June 2012: Added Akvo Flow and Akvo Openaid to software license part. Clarified the terms around user contributed content and data for Akvo RSR. Added Licenses for Akvo FLOW content and data.
6 September 2011: New contact address.