Science Commons has a page with some explanations regarding Creative Commons and databases. It seems that two of the European versions of the Creative Commons licenses (Belgium and Netherlands) do mention the “database rights”. I’m not sure why this isn’t mentioned in all versions of the licenses, would be interesting to know if there is a good reason for this or if it’s just a historical accident. Have there been any discussions between the Creative Commons and the Open Data Commons people? Ed note: I believe France includes them as well. The Science Commons FAQ is here.
Absolutely there has been conversation between the
Why would I want to apply *additional* restrictions in a jurisdiction where there are no copyright or exclusive rights for databases? This seems rather anti-commons to me.
The short answer is that by applying contract in a jurisdiction where the DB was not covered by copyright, a DB right, or similar rights, you can still gain the use of the licence, which actually allows users to do virtually anything with the database contents or the database itself, but only really asks that you:
- share alike (Section 4.4 and 4.5)
- notify others about the licence and content (Section 4.2 and
General ——- If I render an image from licenced data (e.g. a map from OSM’s street data) how does the copyright on that work interact with the licence on the data? Can such a derivative work be relicenced, for example under BY-SA or as a proprietary work?
So the data is separate from the database, as
- What legal rights attached to data, either on its own, or as part of a database?
- What do people want to protect about their data (and can they)?
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m working on addressing some of these issues by producing an open data licence. This will be an updated and expanded version of