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Eclipse Foundation Governance Documents

The basic governance of the Eclipse Foundation is laid out in the following governance documents, processes, and additional policies.

Governance Documents

Title Description
BylawsThe Bylaws lay out the basic rules of governance of the Eclipse Foundation. The French language version is the legal binding version of the Eclipse Foundation Bylaws. The English translated version is provided as a convenience.

The Bylaws of our Delaware incorporated US organization can be found here.

Membership AgreementThe Membership Agreement describes the rights and responsibilities for each class of member in the Eclipse Foundation.

The Membership Agreement for our Delaware incorporated US organization can be found here.
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Intellectual Property PolicyThe IP Policy describes the policies and mechanisms that the Eclipse Foundation uses for accepting and licensing the intellectual property developed by Eclipse projects and specifications.Read more
Antitrust PolicyThe Antitrust Compliance Policy describes the obligations required from all Eclipse Foundation Members to ensure compliance with Antitrust laws.Read more


Title Description
Development ProcessThe Eclipse Foundation Development Process (EDP) describes the fundamental rules for creating and governing projects at the Eclipse community.Read more
Specification ProcessThe Eclipse Foundation Specification Process (EFSP) describes the fundamental rules for creating and governing specifications by Eclipse working groups and specification projects.Read more
Working Group ProcessThe Eclipse Foundation Working Group Process describes the fundamental rules for creating and governing working groups at the Eclipse community.Read more
Interest Group ProcessThe Eclipse Foundation Interest Group Process describes the fundamental rules for creating and governing interest groups at the Eclipse community.Read more

Additional Policies

Title Description
Community Code of ConductThe Eclipse community has a culture that embraces and respects diversity.Read more
Communication Channel GuidelinesSpecify the expected behavior of all participants in Eclipse Foundation communication channels.Read more
Social Media GuidelinesThese guidelines are intended to provide guidance to the many community members who represent our projects, working groups, and events through various social media channels.Read more
Internal RulesThe purpose of these Internal Rules is to further supplement the Bylaws of the Eclipse Foundation AISBL with a view to ensure that it is equipped with the necessary tools and processes to pursue and fulfil its Purposes.Read more
Affiliates Membership GuidelinesThese guidelines provide an outline of the benefits, responsibilities and rights of affiliate companies related to the participation of affiliated members.Read more
Eclipse Foundation Security PolicyThis policy sets forth the general principles under which the Eclipse Foundation manages the reporting, management, discussion, and disclosure of security vulnerabilities discovered in Eclipse software.Read more
Third-Party DependenciesThis document contains the guidelines for the review of third-party dependencies used by Eclipse Foundation open source projects.Read more
Implementing the IP PolicyThis document describes how the Eclipse Management Organization (EMO) seeks Board approval for the use of open source licenses, or can seek special approval for a third party component which has failed the normal IP due diligence.Read more
Licensing Example CodeThis policy describes how projects may license their example code.Read more
Using Proprietary ToolsThis document outlines the policies and procedures for projects using proprietary tools in their development process.Read more
Standards and Specifications PolicyThis document describes how the Eclipse Foundation and Eclipse projects interact with standards and specifications organizations.Read more
Recognizing Contributions on Project Web SitesThis policy details how projects can recognize organizations who make significant contributions to them. Read more
Hosted Services Privacy and Acceptable Usage PolicyThis policy specifies the obligations of projects which have virtual servers which may collect personally identifiable information. Read more
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