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Re: [dxwg] Allow license property to link to other than LicenseDocument

From: Andrea Perego via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:31:04 +0000
To: public-dxwg-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <issue_comment.created-382549650-1524090664-sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Thanks for the example, @nicholascar .

As requested during [today's call of the DCAT subgroup](https://www.w3.org/2018/04/18-dxwgdcat-minutes.html#x04), I include a pointer to the [Open Data Rights Statement (ODRS) vocabulary](http://schema.theodi.org/odrs/) designed by @ldodds , which could be relevant to this discussion.

Consider the following (quite common) scenario:

> I have two resources, both using CC-BY, but with different attribution and copyright notices. Attribution and copyright notice are clearly not part of the licence (CC-BY). So, where can I specify this information, and how can I link it to the relevant resource and its licence?

The ODRS approach is to attach attribution and copyright notice to a `dct:RightsStatement` (by using _ad hoc_ properties), and then link the `dct:RightsStatement` to both the resource and the licence - which are also directly linked via `dct:license`. The [diagram included in the ODRS specification](http://schema.theodi.org/odrs/) gives a clear picture of this pattern.

Note that ODRS addresses also other requirements - e.g., rights jurisdiction, being able to specify licence compatibility, having different licences/rights for a database and its content (about this, see the notion of [_sui generis_ database rights](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui_generis_database_right)). More details are provided in the documentation accompanying ODRS:
- the [use cases](https://github.com/theodi/open-data-licensing/wiki/Use-cases) behind its design
- the [publishers' guide](https://github.com/theodi/open-data-licensing/blob/master/guides/publisher-guide.md)
- the [re-users' guide](https://github.com/theodi/open-data-licensing/blob/master/guides/reusers-guide.md)



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