[odc-discuss] An attribution-only version of the open database license
frederik at remote.org
Wed Nov 18 10:03:02 UTC 2009
> I think the ODbL needs and deserves the spectrum of options a-la CC, including NC.
I don't think the NC licenses are any good. I think NC licenses are
abused a lot to take the old "crippled shareware" concept and transfer
it to data, while giving data providers the air of being "open".
One of the raisons d'etre of open licenses is that they to provide clear
guidance about what is allowed and what not, and allow maximum
interoperability. I don't see any of that with NC licenses. Definitions
of "commercial" activity vary broadly (Student with web site paying for
his server space through banner ads? City council? University
department? Incorporated university department? Incorporated university
department that also takes on jobs from the outside? ...) - I'd rather
not provide more opportunity for NC minded people to call themselves
"open" because they aren't.
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