Looking for OS Licence for DB Dump

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Tue Feb 27 15:50:47 UTC 2007

David Dillard scripsit:

> For content, you probably should look at the various Creative Commons
> licenses.  See http://creativecommons.org/.

In addition, the Academic Free License and its copyleft twin the
Open Software License are designed to be equally usable for source
code and data.

> In particular, you might want to check out the Databases and Creative
> Commons FAQ: http://sciencecommons.org/resources/faq/databases.html

An important takeaway from this FAQ is that in the U.S., the content of
most databases is not copyrightable (because they represent facts with no
creative input), whereas in most EU countries there is a _sui generis_
database right, and in most Commonwealth countries the copyright laws
are extended to factual collections.

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