Legal Notices

As of the Jul2015 version of MonetDB (released on Friday, August 28, 2015), the license of MonetDB is the Mozilla Public License, version 2.0. For all earlier license versions, the MonetDB Public License Version 1.1 applies.

The intellectual property and trademarks of MonetDB rests with MonetDB B.V. The code base is distributed under the liberal Mozilla open-source license Mozilla Public License, version 2.0 on an “AS IS” basis, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. It permits parties to redistribute, refine and improve it for both commercial and non-commercial purposes as long as proper attribution is given to its origin by reference to the License and inclusion of the quote:

This Source Code Form is subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public License, v. 2.0.
If a copy of the MPL was not distributed with this file, You can obtain one at
Copyright 1997 - July 2008 CWI, August 2008 - 2020 MonetDB B.V.

This license structure ensures that the MonetDB code-base can be freely used by the community without inflicting on the proprietary rights of commercial products derived from the software. Contributions of software should either comply with the MonetDB license or produce an amendment. Contributions to the MonetDB source code are required to be free of any IPR claims by third parties.

The IPR rest with MonetDB B.V. using the permissible license agreement for using the total system for whatever educational and economic venture. The COPYRIGHT and IPR on information shared rest at MonetDB B.V. unless an explicit disclaimer is included in such communications. Contributors wishing to include functionality may be required to sign an IPR release form. Answers to many questions about the license can be found in the MPL 2.0 FAQ.

The COPYRIGHT and IPR on the website, documentation, and logo(s) rest at MonetDB B.V. It may be referenced through URLs pointing directly to portions of the MonetDB website, but may not be copied in any form, including distributed in electronic form, nor traditional printing without the expressed approval of MonetDB B.V.

To promote the MonetDB technology you can freely use any of the logos shown below for inclusion in your web-sites. Any other use of the logo requires explicit approval of MonetDB B.V.

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