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CC0 can be particularly important for the sharing of data and databases, since it otherwise may be unclear whether highly factual data and databases are restricted by copyright or other rights. Databases may contain facts that, in and of themselves, are not protected by copyright law.
CC0 is recommended for tabular data and databases and is used by hundreds of organizations. It is especially recommended for scientific data. Although CC0 doesn’t legally require users of the data to cite the source, it does not take away the moral responsibility to give attribution, as is common in scientific research.
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This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.
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This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
This license is the most restrictive of the six licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.
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The BSD 3-Clause Software License can be applied to software that has been wholly created by your organisation, where the code does not include code licensed under the GNU GPL License. Software/code licensed under the BSD 3-Clause License can be incorporated into software that is licensed under the GNU GPL License. However, the reverse (incorporating GNU GPL Licensed software/code into software licensed under the BSD 3 Clause License) is not permitted. The BSD 3-Clause License is also compatible with the Apache Software License.
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(Note: “Database” is a collection of material (the Contents) arranged in a systematic or methodical way and individually accessible by electronic or other means.)
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Here is another handy guide that provides further detail: "The Legal Side of Open Source".
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