HL7 POLICY GOVERNING THE USE OF HL7® INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS AND OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Health Level Seven® International (HL7) standards and other "Material," as defined below, and Material acquired through any channel (including through any HL7 Affiliate) are governed by the terms of this HL7 policy. All such Material are copyrighted by HL7 and protected by the Copyright Law of the United States and copyright provisions of various international treaties.

"Material" collectively and individually means all work product developed and or released by HL7, including standards in any format (e.g., Word, PDF, HTML, XML, zip, Access database), implementation guides, databases and other electronic or fixed data or information of any kind distributed through any channel (including through any HL7 Affiliate).

"Specified Material" collectively and individually means those items of Material from time to time designated by the Board of Directors as being available for free use. The items of Specified Materials made available to Members, as compared to Non-Members, and to some categories of Members as compared to others, shall be as from time to time designated by the Board of Directors.

"Other Material" collectively and individually means all Material that is not Specified Material.

Any use, copying or distribution (either with or without a fee) of Material, or development, copying or distributions of derivative works, whether in fixed or electronic media, not specifically authorized below is strictly prohibited.

The following is a summary of the license rights and restrictions applicable to varying classes of Members, and to non-Members, in Specified Material, which can be found in greater detail in the full license terms applicable to such constituencies.

HL7 AFFILIATES in good standing have such rights to use and distribute (or provide access to) Material as are from time to time permitted under the Affiliate Agreement with HL7 to which they are a party, subject to the terms of such agreement.

HL7 ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERS are authorized, without additional charge, to:

  1. reproduce and distribute Specified Material on an internal basis solely for use within their organization;
  2. reproduce and distribute excerpts of Specified Material (not entire domains or chapters) to any customers of a product or service implementing those Specified Material, provided that the HL7 Access database may not be included, either in whole or in part, in any product intended for direct or indirect commercial resale;
  3. use excerpts of Specified Material to create customized implementation guides; and
  4. use Specified Material in the development of products and services that implement Materials.

This authorization is provided only during the years when the appropriate HL7 Organizational Membership dues are paid, and if and only if:

  1. HL7 is clearly identified as publisher and holder of the copyright; and,
  2. any modifications of the Material are clearly identified to end users in the text.

HL7 INDIVIDUAL, STUDENT AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS, who register and agree to the terms of HL7's IP policy are authorized, without additional charge, to read, and to use Specified Material to develop and sell products and services that implement, but do not directly incorporate, the Specified Material in whole or in part without paying license fees to HL7.

INDIVIDUAL, STUDENT AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS wishing to incorporate additional items of Specified Material in whole or part, into products and services, or to enjoy additional authorizations granted to HL7 ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERS as noted above, must become ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERS of HL7.

NON-MEMBERS who register and agree to the terms of HL7's IP policy for Specified Material, are authorized, without additional charge, to read and use the Specified Material for evaluating whether to implement, or in implementing, the Specified Material, and to use Specified Material to develop and sell products and services that implement, but do not directly incorporate, the Specified Material in whole or in part.

NON-MEMBERS wishing to incorporate additional items of Specified Material in whole or part, into products and services, or to enjoy the additional authorizations granted to HL7 ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERS as noted above, must become ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERS of HL7.

Other Material: Other Material shall be available for use, if at all, on such license terms (including as to cost) and to such Members and Non-Members as the Board shall from time to time determine.

SPECIAL PERMISSIONS: Other uses of Material, including redistribution, creation of derivative works (e.g., incorporation into standards by government agencies), may be permitted by HL7, in its sole discretion, subject to execution by the licensee of a written agreement satisfactory to HL7.

Application for or renewal of an any category of HL7 membership obliges you to abide by the HL7 Bylaws, HL7 Governance and Operations Manual, and HL7 Policy Governing the Use of HL7 Standards and other Intellectual Property. Application for or renewal of an organizational membership within HL7 obliges the organization and its voting members to abide by the HL7 Bylaws, HL7 Governance and Operations Manual, and HL7 Policy Governing the Use of HL7 Standards and Other Intellectual Property.

Updated 04/09/2013