12 Oct 2011
The new license agreement allows unrestricted use and grants the rights to distribute the database and to adapt it for own works.
After being licensed under ODbL the database may be used free-of-charge, copied and distributed, used to create one's own works, transformed and extended. If the database is made publicly available one must inform the users about the license. If it's used to create an adapted version of the database, the work must also be placed under ODbL.
Without an explicit license agreement, the situation of the database was somewhat uncertain, so that private users, organisations, companies and other open projects lived in legal limbo. The license now manifests the idea of the project's founder Michel Meier and makes sure that the database will remain open in the future.
The Open Database License (ODbL) is a license agreement intended to allow users to freely share, modify, and use databases while maintaining this same freedom for others. It is similar to Creative-Commons-Licence Attribution-Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA), well known from the Wikipedia project.
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