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Check the fine print

Animated video image of the title sequence of HBO's Silicon Valley Donations are just one way to support the causes you believe in. Programmers with more creativity than cash, can support their values by restricting how their software can be used. Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract Licensing terms define how intellectual property (IP) such as software, music and graphics may be used. Programmers for instance, can include ethical license terms to prevent their facial recognition software from being used for surveillance of communities of color. Musicians can insert licensing terms to prevent their music from being played at events that promote racism. Corporate Accountability Lab (CAL) simplifies adding ethical licensing terms to contracts so that product usage stays in line with the author's values. CAL offers both a creative commons license for artists and an open source software license for freelance developers. Learn more from CAL's Ethical IP Primer or contact Charity Ryerson, CAL co-founder and human rights attorney for more details.
Co-Founder, DemLabs
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