Questions tagged [licensing]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What level of government/governing agency determines the terms of use for transportation map/gis data in the U.S.?

In the work I do I often need various pieces of geographically-based information concerning public roadways and public transportation. It seems to me (and please correct me if I'm wrong) that this ...
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Checklist for soliciting non-identifiable data from FOSS-users for open data project

So, looking at geonames, I am finding that there are a significant number of blindspots regarding zipcode mappings. Many countries are missing. Some countries have abbreviated data (prefixes in ...
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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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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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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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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 ...