Question about free licenses

Carsten Agger agger at
Sun Apr 6 17:46:31 UTC 2014

Thanks for the input!

On 04/06/2014 07:26 PM, David Gerard wrote:
> On 6 April 2014 17:45, Paul Hänsch <paul at> wrote:
>> I cannot tell, how this applies to questions of open data. If there is
>> an open data definition, which ensures similar freedoms, then you have
>> a path of reasoning here.
> There's a Free Content definition,
> by Erik Moeller of Wikimedia, and
> endorsed by Wikimedia. I'm not sure it quite covers this.
>> It may not be easy to convince the government agency to give up this
>> clause. I suspect they intend to prevent circumvention of national data
>> protection laws.
> That's a usage restriction, so I suspect it would fail.

Open Data is normally supposed to follow the Open Definition:

I suppose it would mostly fall foul of #8: Discrimination against
"fields of endeavor".

The definition does not state as clearly as the Free Software Definition
that the data can be used for any purpose.

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