IBM Open Source and Third party software policy

IBM Open Source and Third Party software policy

Open source and or third party software code may be included with some IBM offerings.

  • Open source software is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to use, study, change, and distribute the software and its source code to anyone and for any purpose.
  • Third party software, also known as non-free software or closed-source software, is released under a license for which the software publisher reserves the licensing rights to use, modify, or share the software, restricting user freedom with the software they lease.

Review the IBM product license or contract for specific terms and conditions of support.

  • Visit the IBM License Information (LI) documents website for information on additional terms specific to an IBM Program which applies to certain software announced or released after May, 1999.

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