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Policies and Guidelines

Open Source Assurance

Red Hat views the protection of our customers as one of our most important priorities. As such, Red Hat offers intellectual property assurances in the event of a claim that open source software provided by Red Hat violates a third party’s intellectual property rights.

All Red Hat customers with active, paid Red Hat software subscriptions are eligible for the Open Source Assurance program. The terms of the Open Source Assurance program are contained in the Open Source Assurance Agreement that is available to Red Hat customers via the Red Hat Customer Portal and other authorized Red Hat portals

Open Source Assurance is an integral part of a Red Hat subscription and continues for as long as your subscriptions. Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the Open Source Assurance program.

FAQs

What is the Open Source Assurance program?

Open Source Assurance is a Red Hat program designed to protect customers developing and deploying Red Hat solutions. The program includes assurances for customers purchasing Red Hat-branded software subscriptions such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux® and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Who is covered under the Open Source Assurance program?

All customers with active, paid Red Hat software subscriptions are eligible for the Open Source Assurance program during the term of the subscription. This includes customers who have purchased subscriptions in direct agreements with Red Hat or through Red Hat channel partners.

How does the Open Source Assurance program protect customers?

The Open Source Assurance program is designed to allow customers to continue to use their chosen open source solution without interruption in the event of an intellectual property infringement claim. This may include: (i) replacing the infringing portion of the software, (ii) modifying the software so that its use becomes non-infringing, or (iii) obtaining the rights necessary for a customer to continue use of the software.

In the event a third party brings a claim for infringement, Red Hat will defend the customer against the claim, pay the amount of a judgment or settlement subject to the stated limitations and, if necessary, procure the right for our customer to continue using the Red Hat Software.

Where can I find the Open Source Assurance terms?

The specific terms and obligations of the Open Source Assurance program are contained in the Open Source Assurance Agreement that is available to Red Hat customers via the Red Hat Customer Portal or other authorized Red Hat portal.

How does a customer sign up for the Open Source Assurance program?

A customer can sign up for the Open Source Assurance program by logging in to their Red Hat Customer Portal account with an active software subscription, and accepting the terms of the optional Open Source Assurance Agreement.

Is the Open Source Assurance program applicable to all versions of Red Hat Software Products?

Yes, all current and future versions of Red Hat-branded software products (for which you have an active, paid subscription) are covered under the program.

How long is a subscription covered by the Open Source Assurance program?

Customers receive Open Source Assurance program coverage for the duration of an active, paid Red Hat software subscription.