Rights enforcement

Title: Rights enforcement
DRACC: 0010
Category: Regulatory
Scope: Global
Authors: Leenaars, M.A.G.J.; Šuklje, M.
Date: January 2017
Copyright: The Commons Conservancy

This doc­u­ment is part of the DRACC se­ries, see DRACC “In­tro­duc­tion to ­DRACC Se­ries” for an ex­pla­na­tion. You can re­use it un­der a “Cre­ative ­Com­mons At­tri­bu­tion 4.0 In­ter­na­tion­al” li­cense.


When a Pro­gramme with­in [The Com­mons Con­ser­van­cy] no­tices a breach of it­s ­copy­right, vi­o­la­tion of its li­cens­es or oth­er vi­o­la­tion of its right­s, in some ­cas­es it MAY de­cide to act in court. [The Com­mons Con­ser­van­cy] is not a ­suit­able en­vi­ron­ment for lit­i­ga­tion. The foun­da­tion has no con­cept of mon­ey, and serves to give away tech­nol­o­gy for free for the pub­lic ben­e­fit. In case ­fi­nan­cial dam­ages are award­ed, [The Com­mons Con­ser­van­cy] would not able to di­rect­ly re­ceive this mon­ey. There are no in­ter­nal fi­nan­cial means for legal rep­re­sen­ta­tion, nor for cov­er­ing pos­si­ble dam­ages or oth­er di­rect or in­di­rec­t ­cost­s. Al­so, [The Com­mons Con­ser­van­cy] ac­tive­ly tries to be as non-­con­tentious as pos­si­ble, to pre­vent any un­nec­es­sary risks.

There are al­ter­na­tive ways to act up­on these needs of a Pro­gramme in such a si­t­u­a­tion. This doc­u­ment serves to clar­i­fy the pos­si­bil­i­ties and to man­age ­ex­pec­ta­tion­s.


The pri­ma­ry mech­a­nism of­fered to any Pro­gramme con­sid­er­ing to take le­gal ac­tion is Grad­u­a­tion (see DRACC “Grad­u­a­tion”). As­sum­ing that such is al­lowed by it­s own statutes and reg­u­la­tion­s, a Pro­gramme MAY at any point in time re­quest to leave [The Com­mons Con­ser­van­cy]. Such a new or­gan­i­sa­tion would op­er­ate in­de­pen­dent from [The Com­mons Con­ser­van­cy]. Once it has moved in­to a stan­dalone or­gan­i­sa­tion or joined an­oth­er or­gan­i­sa­tion, on­ly its own statutes and reg­u­la­tions lim­it its free­dom to act in any way it deems nec­es­sary — which in­cludes the right to set­tle dis­putes in court.

Should a Grad­u­at­ed Project wish to re-join [The Com­mons Con­ser­van­cy], the Board­ of [The Com­mons Con­ser­van­cy] SHALL de­cide whether and un­der which con­di­tions to ac­cept it.