[odc-discuss] Questions about ODC licenses and web site
lucy.chambers at okfn.org
Mon Jul 4 16:55:53 BST 2011
Cc'ing the Open Data Commons discuss list for clarification on the
points you have raised.
We will be in touch soon,
On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 4:52 PM, Peter B. Hirtle <pbh6 at cornell.edu> wrote:
> I am very much encouraging our data projects at Cornell to use ODC licenses,
> but people have been deeply confused by your web pages, particularly the web
> page relating to the ODC-BY license. I hope that you can help with these
> 1. On http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/, you indicate that
> ODC-BY is “Attribution for data/databases.” In the text of the license
> itself, however, you specify that ODC-BY does not apply to data, but only to
> databases: “…this license only governs the rights over the Database, and not
> the contents of the Database individually.” Is ODC-BY only for databases?
> If so, why are you calling it “data/databases”?
> 2. If it is only for databases, as the legal code seems to suggest,
> what license should be used to license content with only an attribution
> 3. On http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/by/, under “How to
> apply,” you give language that refers only to databases, and not data
> content (see question 1 above). This is in contrast to the ODbL license
> http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/), which has one sentence that
> refers to the database, and a second sentence that refers to the database
> content. Why no second sentence for content in the ODC-BY license –
> especially since Footnote 2 on the ODC-BY page refers to replacing the
> (non-existent) second sentence?
> 4. The ODC-ODbL license refers to the Database Contents License:
> http://opendatacommons.org/licenses/dbcl/1.0/, for data. This is not listed
> as a license under your list of licenses. Are there other database commons
> licenses (such as an attribution license for database contents)?
> Peter B. Hirtle
> Senior Policy Advisor and Fellow, Society of American Archivists
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