[OSM-legal-talk] Database Contents License background

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Wed Oct 9 10:14:31 UTC 2019

This is simply a licence for the individual constituent parts of a
database when that database is licensed on ODbL terms, in particular as
in the case of OSM these are geographic facts. It is not a licence that
has any bearing outside of such use.

To understand it, it is probably simpler to consider the case of a
database of creative works, lets say photographs, that would have their
own creators and licences independent of rights in the database and the
licensing of these. The DCL caters for the case where there is either no
protectable intellectual property in the individual contents (aka facts)
or the licensor doesn't want to add any terms over those provided by the

Am 09.10.2019 um 11:50 schrieb Simone Aliprandi:
> I've just seen a license that sounds new to me: the ODC Database
> Contents License
> https://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/dbcl/1-0/index.html.
> I'd like to know more about its background (what led to its adoption
> by ODC? for such use it has been thought?), but I can't find much
> information on Internet. Does anyone here have a link or anything else?
> Thanks very much.
> Regards, Simone Aliprandi
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