On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 9:42 PM, Alexrk
An interesting idea. But the purpose of a database is (in contrast to
Commons) to create "produced works" from it. This would be almost
impossible, if each data item or data set has a different licence.
I was thinking that licenses would apply to a dataset, not to individual
items. I don't believe database rights apply to individual items, only to
entire datasets (or substantial portions of them), so it would make sense
that data licenses would apply at the same level.
I'd imagine that we don't want to store databases composed of items that
require individual licenses (e.g. images or lengthy texts), at least to
The status of "produced works" would presumably depend on the provisions of
the data license. Some might be placed under the same license, or require
attribution (e.g. for the ODBL), or not require a license at all.
Deciding it's all too hard may be one option. But we should be clearly
aware of the long-term consequences of not tracking licenses before we make
that decision. I'm not convinced we have thought this through enough yet.