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Open Data Commons – Attribution License released

June 25, 2010 in Legal, Open Data, Open Data Commons

Open Data Commons has released a new Open Data Commons attribution license (ODC-By). Jordan Hatcher, Chair of the Open Data Commons Advisory Council, writes:

Thanks to everyone for their feedback on the licenses and their help with the project. We can now announce a new license to the Open Data Commons family, the ODC Attribution License (ODC-BY) license. This is a database specific license requiring attribution for databases. This makes ODC-BY similar to the Creative Commons Attribution license, but is built specifically for databases. As a legal tool that only requires attribution, it complies with the Open Knowledge Definition, the Open Knowledge Foundation‘s standard around defining the rights behind what something means to be “open”.

ODC-BY homepage at:

Plain language summary of the ODC-BY is up at:

Final license text at:

For those preferring plain text:

Thanks for everyone’s help, particularly Rufus and the ODC advisory board.

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