Respect Network Open Source Policy

Respect Network is committed to open source. Our team is full of people who have spent years working in open source and have voluntarily contributed to many open source projects long before they joined the company.

We believe in the open source model because we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for open source communities and the Internet infrastructure they have enabled. We feel an obligation to give back to keep open source thriving for all of our benefit.

Not all Respect Network software is open source—as we develop new capabilities for semantic network communications and XDI data graph interaction, we’ll maintain some of our code “behind the curtains” until we’re reasonably sure it meets the security, privacy, and trust standards of the Respect Network. Much of this code will then be contributed to open source projects of our own or others, particularly those that support the XDI open standard for semantic data interchange. Of course these projects must operate within the boundaries of the Respect Trust Framework—the bedrock of the Respect Network.

These are the guidelines we follow about when we charge for our commercial software and services:

Application integration—When integrating Respect Network products with application developer products, Respect Network will often charge for the integration modules. If a company is developing a technology solution and chooses to have Respect Network develop custom code or APIs to assist with integration, Respect Network will charge for these services.

Support—Respect Network is a big supporter of open source community help and support tools and forums. We also offer paid support for our products and services for customers who want fast answers directly from our developers.

Custom development — Customers are welcome to ask us for quotes for custom versions of Respect Network applications or special modifications to the Respect Network XDI platform.

As the provider of the Respect Network, we are obligated to be open about our policies and philosophies, including how we differentiate between our open source projects and our commercial products and services. We won’t always get the differentiation right—please give us feedback when you think there is a problem.