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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Licence?

From: Imran Ghory
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Licence?
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2002 22:02:27 +0100

On 20 Apr 2002, at 18:33, Anne-Marie MAHFOUF wrote:

> On Saturday 20 Apr 2002 5:37 pm, you wrote:
> > What data is it ?
> vocabulary XML files like
> <english>apple</english>
> <french>pomme</french>
> saved in a format we invented.
> and text files with syllables and words.

For free vocab data files look at,

(GPL data)

(Public Domain data)

Regarding the use of data from books, individual word translations 
can be used from books but not entire sections (The data isn't 
copyrighted but the collection of data is).

Also books out of copyright can be used for data (in the US this 
means mainly pre-1923 books). Have a look at project Gutenberg 
homepage for more information about finding out if a book is out of 

As to what licence you should do. I recommend you either put the 
data into the public domain (so anyone can do what they want with 
it) or under GPL (so any modifications will be contributed back).

(Note: IANAL but I'm involved in several public domain & open 
source content projects and have some experience with the 
licencing/copyright issues)


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