availability=UnrestrictedUse + license?

Oct 16, 2012 at 12:13

Hi,

Two distribution comments:

1. Please document clearly when we are to use the license value "other" (and when NOT to choose it). Currently, it seems to be used both to express "we have a license, but not one of the standard licenses listed'' and even to express "we don't have a license". 

2. Could you please provide clear instructions regarding the combination of values in Distribution component?

Currently (v2.9, aplologies if this has been corrected in v3.0), the editor allows you to select: 

availability=UnrestrictedUse

and yet to specify a license. For instance, some resources from our first upload were marked as having unrestrictedUse, and since there were no restrictions (and not even a license CC-zero), the value "other" was chosen under license. 

The knowledgebase is not clear on this, it only says:

"available-unrestrictedUse: For resources available with no restrictions of use

available-restrictedUse: For resources available but with restrictions of uses imposed by the type of licence"

This could be taken to imply that 'unrestricted' entails "no license", restricted means license.

If you browse the Tilde node with the follwing filtering:

availability=unrestricted use

and then by License,

there are no less than 13 different licenses listed!

Among them CC-BY, proprietary,GPL and CC-BY-SA.

I guess the different META-NORD partners need to edit these, but please provide clear guidelines to us before we embark on it. This clearly illustrates that the editor is far too unclear on this issue.

 

 

 

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Discussion 5 answers

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    Answer by prodromos on Oct 22, 2012 at 05:45

    Dear Gunn!

     

    We are preparing a document that will provide detailed practical answers and guidelines for all legal/IPR issues in META-SHARE. This is going to be available soon.

     

    In the meantime here is some input to your questions:

     

    1. We use the term  "other "  when the licence that accompanies the LR is not one of the named ones in the list. It is not meant to mean "no licence" since it is not allowed to have an LR without a licence!!! If you do not YET have a licence it means that you are trying to have one, so you should use "underNegotiation".

     

    2. The erroneous combination that you see is indeed possible to happen because  a) the internal representation in the META-SHARE schema does not support cross-checking of values (no "semantic"/"if..then..else" rules are/can be implemented) , and b) the terms "restrictedUse" and "unrestrictedUse" as used by the community in practice do not deterministically designate a rigorously defined set of licences.   This means  that people should fill in this information very carefully and only when they are certain for the values they are going to use. 

     In theory, striclty speaking, we  should  take "unrestrictedUse" to correspond to the following licences: CC-0 (zero), CC-BY, BSD/BSD-style. All other licences  should correspond to "restrictedUse" except for "other", "proprietary" and "CLARIN-PUB" for which we cannot be sure because evidently there is no standard text to check for possible restrictions. 

     It would be advisable that partners make the relevant changes  to improve the consistency of the metadata records!   

     

    Best,

    The META-SHARE legal team

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    Answer by Gunn Lyse (META-NORD, University of Bergen) on Dec 19, 2012 at 14:05

    Dear legal team,

    thank you for the above suggestions, which will be implemented for all metadata records within the META-NORD project. 

    Many of the resources documented by us have an explicit statement "only for LT R&D" and the license type is "OTHER". For instance The Norwegian newspaper corpus is made available at

    The National Library of Norway - Språkbanken

     

    with the following statement:

    'Aviskorpuset vert gjort tilgjengeleg for brukarane til Språkbanken, og kan berre nyttast til språkteknologisk forsking og utvikling. Brukarane av korpuset har ikkje lov til å vidareformidle eller publisere nokon del av tekstene, kun kunnskap og produkt utarbeidde med utgangspunkt i tekstene'

    English translation:

    'The newspaper corpus is made available for the users of The National Library of Norway - Språkbanken' and can only be used for Language Technology research and development. It is prohibited to redistribute or pubish any part of the texts, only the knowledge and products created on the basis of the newspaper texts'.

    If 'can only be used for Language Technology research and development' is the only restriction ( we have examples of that, too), shoudl we then choose availability= restricted or unrestricted in the META-SHARE metadata schema?

     

     

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    Answer by Gunn Lyse (META-NORD, University of Bergen) on Dec 19, 2012 at 14:05

    Dear legal team,

    thank you for the above suggestions, which will be implemented for all metadata records within the META-NORD project. 

    Many of the resources documented by us have an explicit statement "only for LT R&D" and the license type is "OTHER". For instance The Norwegian newspaper corpus is made available at

    The National Library of Norway - Språkbanken

     

    with the following statement:

    'Aviskorpuset vert gjort tilgjengeleg for brukarane til Språkbanken, og kan berre nyttast til språkteknologisk forsking og utvikling. Brukarane av korpuset har ikkje lov til å vidareformidle eller publisere nokon del av tekstene, kun kunnskap og produkt utarbeidde med utgangspunkt i tekstene'

    English translation:

    'The newspaper corpus is made available for the users of The National Library of Norway - Språkbanken' and can only be used for Language Technology research and development. It is prohibited to redistribute or pubish any part of the texts, only the knowledge and products created on the basis of the newspaper texts'.

    If 'can only be used for Language Technology research and development' is the only restriction ( we have examples of that, too), shoudl we then choose availability= restricted or unrestricted in the META-SHARE metadata schema?

     

     

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    Answer by Gunn Lyse (META-NORD, University of Bergen) on Dec 19, 2012 at 14:07

    Dear legal team,

    thank you for the above suggestions, which will be implemented for all metadata records within the META-NORD project. 

    Many of the resources documented by us have an explicit statement "only for LT R&D" and the license type is "OTHER". For instance The Norwegian newspaper corpus is made available at

    The National Library of Norway - Språkbanken

     

    with the following statement:

    'Aviskorpuset vert gjort tilgjengeleg for brukarane til Språkbanken, og kan berre nyttast til språkteknologisk forsking og utvikling. Brukarane av korpuset har ikkje lov til å vidareformidle eller publisere nokon del av tekstene, kun kunnskap og produkt utarbeidde med utgangspunkt i tekstene'

    English translation:

    'The newspaper corpus is made available for the users of The National Library of Norway - Språkbanken' and can only be used for Language Technology research and development. It is prohibited to redistribute or pubish any part of the texts, only the knowledge and products created on the basis of the newspaper texts'.

    If 'can only be used for Language Technology research and development' is the only restriction ( we have examples of that, too), should we then choose availability= restricted or unrestricted in the META-SHARE metadata schema?

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    Answer by Gunn Lyse (META-NORD, University of Bergen) on Dec 19, 2012 at 14:09

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