Collaboratives are coop-like networks of contributors to online projects that can
- relicense projects democratically, without getting permission from every contributor
- grant or sell license exceptions and commercial licenses, sharing proceeds equally
- welcome new contributors from all over the world
all without the overhead of a company, foundation, or other legal organization.
Contributors can start a collaborative for their project by adopting a new kind of plain-language contributor license agreement:
Unlike other contributor license agreements, the cross-license collaborative agreement is decentralized and peer-to-peer. No single contributor or organization get special licensing powers. Rather, every contributor licenses every other contributor, subject to rules about how new licensing decisions will be made.