eBay Open Source Program


Outbound Licensing Requests (i.e. “how do I contribute software developed at eBay to the Open Source Community?"):

Absent other compelling reasons, eBay releases software under the Apache 2.0 license.

Inbound Licensing Requests (i.e. “how do I use Open Source software at eBay”)

eBay uses a red/yellow/green designation to indicate license risk to the company. The authoritative source of truth here is snyk, which we use to ensure the policy is met. All projects licensed under non-“green” licenses must go through an approval process. If something isn’t listed here, it needs to go through the approval process.

These are eBay’s “green” licenses. This means that you can use these licenses without approval from the OSPO.

  • MIT
  • Apache 2.0
  • BSD-2
  • Creative Commons
  • PSF (Python Software Foundation)
  • Unlicense

These licenses are considered on a case-by-case basis (significant review, audit, and benefit-to-risk assessment) and are considered “yellow”:

  • LGPL
  • MPL 2.0
  • EPL

Projects associated with the following licenses are not likely to be approved by the Committee, e.g. “red”:

  • GPL
  • AGPL
  • SSPL
  • MPL