This page describes the principles and formal conditions on the use of openEHR IP, and of openEHR's use of 3rd party IP, including such things as terminology.
Licensing of openEHR artefacts is based on following principles:
The three areas of work that constitute the main Foundation IP are available for use according to the following:
Official specifications of the Foundation, including source form and published form (see below for details). Primarily maintained in the openEHR Github specifications-XX Git repositories.
Creative Commons CC-BY-ND (Attribution, No derivatives)
Computable artefacts: any recognised computable or formal artefact, including but not limited to:
Creative Commons CC-BY-SA, for derived archatypes and templates only.
|Clinical Models||Archetypes and Terminology subsets developed by the community||openEHR Foundation||
Creative Commons CC-BY (Attribution).
|Specialised archetypes and templates.||openEHR Foundation||
|Software||Software with IP rights ascribed to the openEHR Foundation||openEHR Foundation, or original authoring organisation||
Other IP such as logos, ad hoc presentations, conference posters are copyright to the Foundation and/or to contributing author(s), and are licensed for use under an open licence by agreement with the original authors, where this is not the Foundation; typically a CC- licence.
Third-party IP is referenced in various ways within openEHR artefacts, primarily archetypes and templates. Such references do not generally constitute use of the 3rd-party IP as envisaged by its publishers, however use of the relevant openEHR artefacts (for example, in production health information systems) may well entail use of the referenced 3rd party IP, e.g. terminology codes. The developers of such deployments must therefore accept responsibility for ensuring legal use of relevant third party IP.
The openEHR Foundation has formal bilateral or unilateral agreements to reference the following types of IP in its published artefacts:
The use of the CC-BY-ND license allows for public sharing, republishing, and unencumbered commercial use. It protects users of the specifications from unknown and/or local modifications, tampering etc being made outside of the Foundation's own open processes. This is the same thing that W3C does with its document license.
The CC 'SA' (Share-alike) option was also considered, but rejected for two reasons. Firstly the openEHR Specifications are considered definitive works of the Foundation, not interpretations of anything else. Their contents and evolution therefore accurately and correctly reflect the processes of the openEHR community itself. Secondly, the integrity of specifications on which healthcare software and systems are directly based is considered of paramount importance to patients and clinical professionals.