As a condition of membership, each Liberty member by default agrees to grant to anyone, member or nonmember, any license needed to develop and sell a fully compliant implementation of any final Liberty specification.
- In cases where the Liberty member was a member of the group that developed the final specification or provided a contribution to the final specification, the license defaults to being royalty free. This royalty free license may be made subject to the condition that those who seek licenses agree to grant the participant, and all others, a reciprocal royalty free license.
- In cases where the Liberty member was not a member of the group that developed the final specification or provided a contribution to the final specification, the license defaults to being Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (RAND).
While this default policy was created to benefit all those implementing the final Liberty specifications, the policy also offers a degree of flexibility to ensure that companies concerned with protecting their existing IP portfolio can still participate in the specification development process. To this end, members can elect to withdraw from the default royalty free license and instead offer RAND. This election can only be made during pre-defined IP review periods that are present during the specification development process.
The Liberty Alliance has made and, when appropriate, will continue to make contributions to other standards bodies. Our work with OASIS on the SAML 2.0 specification has been instrumental to driving convergence and adoption of federated identity standards. Known SAML IPR statements and declarations are available for review.