[odc-discuss] Using ODbL for my own project?

Jordan S Hatcher jordan at opencontentlawyer.com
Fri Jun 24 19:05:52 UTC 2011

On 21 Jun 2011, at 21:58, Rufus Pollock wrote:

> Yes the license text is 'free/open' and anyone may copy and use it.
> If someone wants to modify it we'd ask them not to call it an Open
> Data Commons license or the ODbL. Plus, in general, we'd strongly
> discourage people from modding the ODbL ...

Very strongly discourage.  License proliferation is a Very Bad Thing, and particularly for copyleft, as it breaks compatibility and generally just causes headaches.

And just in case you meant "free as in beer", just to confirm there is no financial cost to use Open Data Commons tools.



> Rufus
> On 21 June 2011 18:30, Lucy Chambers <lucy.chambers at okfn.org> wrote:
>> Hi Willy,
>> Thanks for getting in touch - I am 99.9% certain the text should be
>> free as the entire point is to get people to license their data
>> clearly so all of the licenses should be free! Nevertheless I am
>> cc'ing the Open Data Commons discuss list just in case as I haven't
>> been asked that before.
>> Lucy
>> On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 6:16 PM, Willy <willyzzzz at gmx.de> wrote:
>>> Hi folks,
>>> I am working on a project with the objective to provide a free database with
>>> basic geospatial and meta data of airfields (coordinates, height, runway
>>> info, and radio frequency). I am thinking about a good license for that
>>> database and I found your ODbL.
>>> Question: May I copy your ODbL text for my project? Is the license text
>>> itself free?
>>> Thanks a lot for your help!
>>> Cheers,
>>> Willy
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