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Licensing Open Data is the act of granting (or not granting) authoritative permission or license to others.

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Benefits of using CC0 over CC-BY for data

I've heard a few times that for data one should use rather CC0 (Creative Commons - Public Domain Dedication) license than CC-BY (Creative Commons - Attribution). What is the reason for that? (As ...
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The “right to mine” and scraping the web in EU

Sorry for the somewhat general question, to which the answers necessary depend on the country of operation and necessarily are also subject to become obsolete at some point. But I think it to be quite ...
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Should we open our data?

Our company runs a business similar to Yelp but limited to a regional area. Currently we are thinking of licencing our Point of Interest database under a free licence. Of course that would mean that ...
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Why should I care how a (structured) dataset is licenced?

When thinking about "Open Data" (possibly due to nothing more than my own ignorance) I am utterly confused as to what difference an open licence legally makes for structured data. "Open Data" for me ...
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Should data APIs require registration and API keys?

When publishing a data API, there seems to be a conflict between requiring a user to sign-up for an API key and the principal of open access. What is best practice in publishing an open data API ...
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Can you use data if no data license is explicitly stated?

There are quite some datasets out there that simply doesn't contain an explicit license (e.g. CC-BY). At best a one-line statement is given that the data is "open data". Can I simply state that when ...
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GitHub license for code written by US Government Employee

When I open a new project on Github, I see a selection of licenses in a drop-down list, which currently looks like this: None Apache v2 License MIT license Affero GPL Artistic License 2.0 BSD (3-...
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Are Creative Commons licenses suitable for data?

Since OpenStreetMap has migrated from CC BY-SA to the newly created ODbL for its database, I have lived under the impression that the CC-family of licenses are - at least - not ideal for use with data....
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How to embed licenses within SVG?

This is a split refactored from an older post containing too many questions about licenses in SVG Tiny 1.2 using RDFa as suggested by Patrick Hoefler. See also question Interest of double lincenses CC-...
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Data Licenses for US Government Data not in data.gov

I want to know when commercial use of US government data is permitted and for what uses. Below, there are 5 questions that I have for 4 different primary data sources. So far, I have seen the data ...
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Where can I find a part-of-speech corpus free for commercial use?

I'm looking to teach myself more about NLP. I started with NLTK and I see that it has potential to eventually become something I could get paid for. From there, my journey continued to reading this ...
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Categories and varieties of Open Data licensing?

My background with open/free licensing is only within FOSS. An example of category differences within FOSS is Copyleft/Permissive. There is a variety of licenses even within these categories. GPL, MIT ...
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Legality of using data against terms

Perhaps a bit off-topic, but this is the only relevant SE forum. I sometimes come across RSS feeds with terms and conditions attached, such as one example permitting use for app-development (that ...
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Is data scraped from Govt agencies and in public domain considered open data?

We have been scraping information regarding oil wells drilled in a particular state using web scraper from the state regulatory agency. This agency provides an arcane interface for this information. ...
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Is there a difference between open data and public data?

I was wondering if there were differences between "open data" and "public data"? In this SE group, the two terms seem to be used interchangeably, but I feel that they are not interchangeable. This ...
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Interest of double licenses CC-BY-SA + ODbL for SVG maps

This is a split refactored from an older post containing too many questions about licenses in SVG Tiny 1.2 using RDFa as suggested by Patrick Hoefler. See also question Embed two licenses within SVG. ...
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What open data about tunes and melodies exist? Do copyrights apply here?

If someone wants to write a program to recognise songs by melody (mobile apps like that exist), one would need some huge data sample for this. I'm wondering whether something like this exists (at ...
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Can I put a CC BY-SA photo in a non CC BY-SA work?

Assuming there are no copyright restrictions on the subject, can I insert a CC BY-SA photo as a figure in another work, for example an academic paper, that is not itself CC BY-SA? (Somewhere along ...
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What to do when license statements conflict?

Sometimes, data is listed as "open data", yet also has copyright statements that don't mention any permitted reuse. If the "data owner" is not responsive, what's the best way to determine if the data ...
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What are the legal uses of the data from livingwage.mit.edu?

What are the legal uses of this data? For example, could I design a non-for-profit service using this data, a for-profit application that I sell subscriptions to, or a spreadsheet that I use myself ...
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License of NOAA hourly temperature data

I would like use historic hourly temperature data (Integrated Surface Global Hourly Data, DSI-3505) available from NOAA. Using NOAA's Climate Data Online mapping tool, I select the weather stations in ...
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SPARQL federation and attribution licenses?

Many public datasets are published under licenses that require attribution, such as CC-BY. If I have a public SPARQL endpoint, and allow federated queries to access data from such endpoint, that means ...
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How do I license a work with CC license version X “or later”?

When licensing software under the GPL, you can (optionally) add an "or later" clause to the license version. So "GPLv2 or later" can be incorporated into a GPLv3 work, for example. Is there a ...
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Suggested formats for open data documents

I work for a software company and am thinking about publishing our training manuals as open (creative commons) licensed documents, so that others can use them, edit them, and derive new products/...
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What gives people the right to license factual data?

Data sets, databases, or APIs we can find these days are either licensed openly or commercially. I'm a bit confused as to how the publishers / owners / compilers are rightfully licensing these factual ...
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UN/LOCODE Copyright Status

Presumably the UN intended UN/LOCODE to be used, but there doesn't seem to be any information regarding its copyright or licensing. Does anyone know under what license it's distributed?
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Does this violate copyright of music/lyrics/sound?

So, we are beginning to create a Karaoke app. And we have few queries in the copyrights aspect. We would like to have these cleared before we get any further with our app's development. The decided ...
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Where to upload media not yet compatible with Wikimedia Commons licenses? (“open dark archive”)

I took many pictures of modern art paintings at a museum. I uploaded the public domain ones to Wikimedia Commons, and wonder to what website I could upload the others. Requirements: The website ...
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How I can get list of licenses used in Data.gov?

I'm investigating what licenses are used in Data.gov portal. How I can get the list of the licenses from the portal?
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CC-BY vs MIT or BSD licenses regarding re-use?

My understanding is that the MIT license allows sublicensing while the BSD license does not, meaning that license restrictions can be added to things like mashups and not to the original data as a ...
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Requirements of the Open Data Commons Attribution License

When OCLC released their WorldCat data under Open Data Commons Attribution License last year, there was a question in the library community as to exactly what would be required for adequate ...
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Using Google Maps Data

Is it possible to obtain a dataset of all search results in a google maps search? For example: if I want a list of all gas stations in Chicago, complete with addresses, store name, latitude-longitude ...
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Hyperloop; Which Open-Source License did Musk choose?

Which Open-Source license did Elon Musk choose for the Hyperloop?
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Data licensing question

So here's the situation: I built a database (text file) that consists of a few sets of data (for example, but not really), "car name", "car parts", etc. The "car name" data and others are under no ...
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CC-SA (without BY) has been “Retired”, but I want to use it anyway. Recommendations?

I would like to release some content (graphics, text, and print designs), letting people reuse them with or without modifications. I don't require attribution, but I do want modified versions to also ...
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Can I simply copy a CC-BY-SA 3.0 work as CC-BY-SA 4.0?

It is my understanding that since BY-SA 2.0 [1], all CC-BY-SA licenses have included some automatic "or later" clause, which means you can adapt the work and release the result under a later license. ...
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No-attribution open license, applicable to documentation

I am choosing a license for a number of documents. I want a license that: allows reuse/modification even for commercial purposes does not require attribution Forces re-users to keep the same level ...
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Captcha in a website with open data

I don't have an example to showcase, but I have a general question. If a website provides its data open and free, but to download them you need to fill a captcha, can I use an automatic way to auto ...
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A license catalog project with RDF description, exist?

(Edit after first answer to avoid cross-post) Popular public copyright licenses like GPL3, MIT, Apache2, CC-BY-SA3, etc. have official human-readable texts, and, I suppose, in nowadays, have also ...
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License for data product of music lyrics?

I am interested in doing some natural language processing on copyrighted song lyrics. I saw a related project here, http://rappers.mdaniels.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/ who used rap.genius....
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Which licence and format should I use for the Norwegian language “data” I am creating?

While learning a foreign language, I am creating my own list of verbs (with their variants when conjugated), list of idioms, nouns (with plural form), etc. As an example, let's focus on the verbs: I ...
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License for data that precludes government/surveillance use

I have been looking for a few weeks now for a license that has the same force as the HESSLA, namely, restrictions on the use of software for human rights violations or user surveillance, but applied ...
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Is the Foundational Model of Anatomy Ontology an Open Data that can incorporated in other Open Databases?

At the moment I'm investigating the state of anatomical knowledge on Wikipedia/Wikidata. I noticed that the Foundational Model of Anatomy has a lot of useful data and while the ID's are usually ...
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What equivalent license for CC SA without BY? Share-alike but no attribution

I would like to publish my pictures, and the license that I like most is CC BY-SA... except that I don't care about attribution. So, what license should I use? Requirements: Exactly like CC BY-SA 3....
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Is it possible to use CKAN for commercial use?

Does anyone know if it's possible to use CKAN for commercial use?
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Google translate english monolingual definitions

Is google translate monolingual definitions open for commercial use? Am I violating intellectual property to use english words definitions in my english quiz app?
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Data License Model for “Use, don't share”?

Is there a data license model which allows private usage but not sharing/publishing results or further sharing of the data? The reason: I am an open source software developer and in case of user bug ...
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Are coordinates of pixel clicked on Google Maps reusable?

Let's say Joe wants to add the coordinates of the Eiffel Tower to OpenStreetMap. Joe opens Google Maps, enters "Eiffel Tower" in the search box. The Eiffel Tower appears at the center of the map. Joe ...
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Are there general terms of service or licenses for ESRI's ArcGIS FeatureServer?

Is it reasonable to assume publicly accessible data on ESRI ArcGIS FeatureServer is (or can be used as) open data? For example, Boston has a number of FeatureServer instances such as this one, but on ...
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Examples and experiences of text and datamining use of open data?

I am currently working on a research project that looks at the barriers and best practices when it comes to text and datamining. www.FutureTDM.eu Do you have any experience with this in relation to ...