[odc-discuss] Draft of an Open Data Commons Attribution License

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Tue Jan 12 14:26:09 UTC 2010

On Jan 12, 2010, at 8:58 AM, Frederik Ramm wrote:

> Hi,
> SteveC wrote:
>> then we also need a NC version. 
> NC licenses are not compatible with OKFN's own definition of "Open Knowledge", Paragraph 8:
> (quote)
> 8. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor
> The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the work in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the work from being used in a business, or from being used for military research.
> Comment: The major intention of this clause is to prohibit license traps that prevent open material from being used commercially. We want commercial users to join our community, not feel excluded from it.
> (end quote)

Sigh. Think of the billions of datasets that business would release NC but not just BY-SA.

Yours &c.


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