Open database licence

Jordan Hatcher has published a draft of the Open Database Licence, which is an agreement intended to allow users to “freely share, modify, and use” databases while maintaining the same freedoms for others.

I’ve gone through the draft, and it is pretty good stuff. The licence clearly helps to plug a glaring hole in current licensing solutions on content and software, and finally recognises that whether we like it or not, databases are subject to the database right in Europe, and although the existing sui generis right has been criticised extensively, the current regime is going to remain in place for the foreseeable future.

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