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Re: Licensing advice

From: Víctor Rodríguez Doncel <vrodriguez@fi.upm.es>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:38:21 +0200
Message-ID: <51E0693D.5000803@fi.upm.es>
To: public-lod@w3.org

My opinion is the following:

1. *Code license NO*. A computer program is (WIPO): "/a set of 
instructions, which controls the operations of a computer in order to 
enable it to perform a specific task/"
2. I*ntellectual Property. I'd say no in this case*. Some databases are 
protected by IP law. They are if they can assumed to be "/collections of 
literary or artistic works such as encyclopaedias and anthologies which, 
by reason of the selection and arrangement of their contents, constitute 
intellectual creations, are to be protected as such, without prejudice 
to the copyright in each of the works forming part of such collections/".
So, if you have made your mapping automatically, they are NOT under the 
umbrella of IP laws.
3. *Database law. YES *(where it applies). Relaxing the requirements, a 
/sui generis/ rights is defined in Europe to protect your database if 
you have made an investment (in time or money) when making the database. 
Rights (extraction and reutilization) are kept for 15 years and are not 
recognized in USA and many other countries.

--> Conclusion. Instead of using CreativeCommon licenses (excepting CC0 
which is ok), use Data Licenses (for example ODC 
<http://opendatacommons.org/>), which include in their text a reference 
to the European database law.


El 12/07/2013 21:30, Barry Norton escribió:
> Incidentally, to clarify, I meant to ask a more fundamental question 
> about mappings: are these creative works, deserving themselves of a CC 
> license, or executable code, deserving of a code license?
> Whichever way, I'd like to make them as encumbered as possible.
> Barry
> On 12/07/13 13:20, Barry Norton wrote:
>> I'd like to publicly release R2RML mappings for the MusicBrainz 
>> dataset. DBpedia has shown interest in including the subset that can 
>> be used to create a linkset.
>> Any idea what (kind of) licence could/should apply? (To be clear, to 
>> the mappings, as opposed to the dataset)
>> I'd also like to attach, since R2RML is RDF, a licence and 
>> attribution on a per rr:TriplesMap basis. (The mappings are hosted on 
>> github and contributions will be accepted as I'm never going to get 
>> through all of the MB Advanced Relationships, a moving target, myself 
>> and I'm being a bottleneck.)
>> The question's also been raised on whether a given licence can in 
>> turn impose conditions on the triples that are created using it (as 
>> derivative works)? Does that sound feasible?
>> Any input appreciated.
>> Barry

Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel
D3205 - Ontology Engineering Group (OEG)
Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial
Facultad de Informática
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Campus de Montegancedo s/n
Boadilla del Monte-28660 Madrid, Spain
Tel. (+34) 91336 3672
Skype: vroddon3
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