I have worked for numerous companies in the past who have had a policy of not using any software, libraries, or datasets that would impose requirements on their product, this would include the attribution clause in the CC-BY licence.
Placing a dataset in the public domain will maximise its potential audience; whether or not this is more desirable than ...
A major part of the problem has to do with interpretation gray areas and where these give rise to concerns, warranted or not, regarding license compatibility or other issues.
For example the question of compatibility between the CC-BY and the GNU GPL is a relatively complicated one and it boils down to "well, how do you read these two licenses?" And ...
The legal text of CC-BY is quite complex, and has more terms than simple attribution, such as not implying the author endorses your work. Although such terms such as this may be useful, they make the license incompatible with other licenses (including the GPL http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#ccby). I'm not sure whether this includes any common ...
If you don't need programmatic access (i.e. an API), you can use the Google Advanced Image Search.
You can also get there by following these simple steps:
Go to search.creativecommons.org
Enter your search term (e.g. berlin)
Select your license requirements (use for commercial purposes and/or modify, adapt, or build upon)
Click on Google Images
On Google ...
Regarding this question, I think this post by Denny Vrandečić (the project leader of Wikimedia's Wikidata) is well worth reading: https://plus.google.com/104177144420404771615/posts/cvGay9eDSSK
Denny knows very well what he is talking about. I'll just quote the first sentences as a teaser:
tl;dr - If you publish data, attach the CC0 license to it, but ...
You can use factbook for data. A simple google search can get you raw json or csv.
Officially you can use their tool :
or download data directly from CIA website :
Previous answer :
The links are dead - looks like data has been removed without any notice.
The main benefit is moving the attribution requirement from being a legal part of the license, i.e. something that you MUST do, to being a norm, i.e. should that you OUGHT to do (to be polite).
The reason why this is beneficial is because attribution can be difficult:
Data publishers don't always indicate how they wish to be attributed
Where they do, then ...
This is what Creative Commons themselves have to say on the topic:
CC0, the public domain dedication, can also be used on databases. The effect is to waive all copyright and related rights in the database, placing it as close as possible into the worldwide public domain. In certain domains, such as science and government, there are important reasons to ...
Assuming you comply with the license as regards attribution and labelling (ie, you indicate the author + the license in an appropriate way, such as an image caption) then you are free to do this.
The CC license distinguishes between "derivative works"(1a), which need to get the CC-BY-SA license, and "collective works" (1c), which don't. Including one CC-BY-...
This is not really an "open data" question, but...
The answer is "you are not allowed to do this"; Japan does not allow commercial photography of otherwise copyrighted artistic works in public places, and the CC-BY-SA license allows commercial reuse, so the two are incompatible.
The best resource for this sort of question is the (alarmingly comprehensive) ...
For factbook data which has been parsed into numbers / arrays etc (unlike any existing projects which store all values as strings) have a look at https://github.com/iancoleman/cia_world_factbook_api#data
There's some explanation of the project at https://iancoleman.github.io/exploring-the-cia-world-factbook/
Disclaimer: I am the maintainer of that project.
I have an application which reuses datasets from 50 sources. Should I update my "about" page if all these datasets would need attribution?
It's also very difficult to prove that a certain dataset is used. If you are a data publisher, are you going to sue if a developer doesn't give the right attribution for a certain application? If not, then it's not worth ...
Creative Commons sure seems to think so; they just launched a new initiative called open business models:
Open Business Models – Call For Participation
Open Business Models, Open Data, and the Public Interest
Open Data tags found on Creative Commons site:
This is not RDFa, but rather embedded RDF/XML, which is allowed by the SVG Tiny 1.2 Specification.
There are the following errors:
in lines 26, 29 and 30, 33. The former is a property, the latter is a class.
<cc:attributionName rdf:resource="Laurent Notarianni and LittleMap.org" />
Attribution causes obstacles to re-use, and depending on the actual attribution requirements may be prohibitive.
If you create a collection/mash-up of a large number of CC-BY datasets, you have to provide attribution to every single one of them, heeding their attribution requirements. In the best case, you will have to ship the result with a long list of ...
Without pretending to legal expertise which I do not possess, the best answer I can give is maybe. Note that the definition of NonCommercial is defined as follows:
NonCommercial means not primarily intended for or directed towards commercial advantage or monetary compensation.
A good reason to not use MIT and BSD licenses for data is that they were written for software, so they're not a great fit. And, CC-BY was written for creative works, not data.
I don't know where you got the impression that BSD doesn't allow sublicensing, but it certainly does. It also allows adding additional licenses, as long as they are license ...
That is correct.
Public (i.e. government) data doesn't need formal attribution or recognition as it was already rewarded by giving a salary to those who put it together. Although good practice dictates that the data provenance be preserved.
("Attribution", in contrast, is a type of currency for proper formation of the data ecosystem we're trying to ...
I don't agree with your conclusion completely in one respect:
I think there is a scenario where you can use CC BY-NC-ND (version 3 or 4) data and still stick to the license restrictions if you:
Use it for a non-profit/ non-commercial use case such as a web offering by a public body or an NGO
You do not change any of the triples in this data set
You do not ...
flickr and wikimedia sound like your best bet. both have apis too (i know you know), although i'm not familiar with wikimedia's at all. both you may want to confirm, for size and content
flickr commons search
flickr size api questions
For the US, the US Government provides a large stock of public domain photos for geographic locations and historic sites. You can find them at:
Here's the US Government's link to public domain images for Science.
While I don't feel particularly authoritative, I hate to see a question with several votes go completely unanswered for so long, so I'll take a crack.
Unfortunately, I am pretty sure this is not an area with wide adoption. Several google searches have this very question among the top hits. So there doesn't seem to be a lot of prior art to go on.
There does ...
I believe that a copy is also a kind of adaptation (opposite is not true, obviously).
And yes you can take a CC-BY-SA 3.0 work and publish your "adaptation" as CC-BY-SA 4.0:
The CC-BY-SA 3.0 license says:
You may Distribute or Publicly Perform an Adaptation only under the terms of: (i) this License; (ii) a later version of this License with the same ...
The problem with using the CC SA license is that it hasn't been updated since v1.0. The rest of the CC licenses are up to v4.0 now, and the new versions have cleared up a lot of issues and ambiguities in the legal text of the license.
One of the conditions of every ShareAlike license is that the person reusing the content must include a note mentioning the ...
Consider the Public Domain Mark, CC0, (longer details), except is doesn't include the Share-Alike
When a work is in the public domain, it is free for use by anyone for any purpose without restriction under copyright law. Public domain is the purest form of open/free, since no one owns or controls the material in any way.
CC BY-SA 4.0 states that "The Adapter’s License You apply must be a Creative Commons license with the same License Elements, this version or later, or a BY-SA Compatible License." Similar clauses can be found since CC 2.0.
Let's give this a try then.
1. To allow people inserting our data into OSM, do we require to use ODbL?
Not necessarily. This is what OSM has to say on the topic:
We are only interested in 'free' data. We must be able to release the data with our OpenStreetMap License. Obviously we are allowed to use public domain data sources, of which there are quite a ...