Import/ODbL Compatibility

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This is a matrix for quickly checking compatibility of data released under certain common licenses with the ODbL. Please keep in mind that this is a community wiki page that can be modified by everybody and that it is intended to give you some guidance, but cannot substitute individual legal advice. The content of this page does not necessarily represent the views of the OpenStreetMap Foundation.

If you are interested in background information and past discussions regarding this topic, one possible source is the legal-talk mailing list archive.

License (link to full text or overview) ODbL compatibility Contributor Terms compatibility Notes
fully compatible licenses
PD OK OK intellectual property rights are expired or forfeited or are not applicable
CC0 OK OK -
PDDL OK OK -
compatible but with problems
ODbL v1.0 OK problematic in case of future license change if incompatible new license is chosen -
UK Open Government Licence (OGL) v3.0 OK problematic in case of future license change if incompatible new license is chosen The licence text explicitly says that it is forwards compatible with the ODbL.
not OK but fixable
CC-BY 1.0 Generic incompatible attribution requirements problematic in case of future license change if incompatible new license is chosen is ODbL compatible if rights holder(s) explicitly states in writing that credit on the Contributors page is sufficient to fulfill attribution requirements including downstream use in works derived from OSM
CC-BY 2.0 Generic incompatible attribution requirements problematic in case of future license change if incompatible new license is chosen is ODbL compatible if rights holder(s) explicitly states in writing that credit on the Contributors page is sufficient to fulfill attribution requirements including downstream use in works derived from OSM
CC-BY 2.5 Generic incompatible attribution requirements problematic in case of future license change if incompatible new license is chosen is ODbL compatible if rights holder(s) explicitly states in writing that credit on the Contributors page is sufficient to fulfill attribution requirements including downstream use in works derived from OSM
CC-BY 3.0 Unported incompatible attribution requirements problematic in case of future license change if incompatible new license is chosen is ODbL compatible if rights holder(s) explicitly states in writing that credit on the Contributors page is sufficient to fulfill attribution requirements including downstream use in works derived from OSM
CC-BY 4.0 International incompatible attribution requirements problematic in case of future license change if incompatible new license is chosen is ODbL compatible if rights holder(s) explicitly states in writing that credit on the Contributors page is sufficient to fulfill attribution requirements including downstream use in works derived from OSM
not OK and not fixable
CC-BY-SA 1.0 Generic incompatible share-alike and attribution requirements problematic in case of future license change if incompatible new license is chosen cannot be made ODbL compatible, consider contacting rights holder(s) for explicit permission to integrate data into OSM
CC-BY-SA 2.0 Generic incompatible share-alike and attribution requirements problematic in case of future license change if incompatible new license is chosen cannot be made ODbL compatible, consider contacting rights holder(s) for explicit permission to integrate data into OSM
CC-BY-SA 2.5 Generic incompatible share-alike and attribution requirements problematic in case of future license change if incompatible new license is chosen cannot be made ODbL compatible, consider contacting rights holder(s) for explicit permission to integrate data into OSM
CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported incompatible share-alike and attribution requirements problematic in case of future license change if incompatible new license is chosen cannot be made ODbL compatible, consider contacting rights holder(s) for explicit permission to integrate data into OSM
CC-BY-SA 4.0 International incompatible share-alike and attribution requirements problematic in case of future license change if incompatible new license is chosen cannot be made ODbL compatible, consider contacting rights holder(s) for explicit permission to integrate data into OSM
CC-BY-NC all versions incompatible non-commercial and attribution requirements incompatible because right of commercial use is not granted cannot be made ODbL compatible, consider contacting rights holder(s) for explicit permission to integrate data into OSM
CC-BY-NC-ND all versions incompatible non-commercial, attribution and no derivative works requirements incompatible because right of commercial use and to modify data is not granted cannot be made ODbL compatible, consider contacting rights holder(s) for explicit permission to integrate data into OSM
CC-BY-NC-SA all versions incompatible non-commercial, attribution and share-alike requirements incompatible because right of commercial use is not granted cannot be made ODbL compatible, consider contacting rights holder(s) for explicit permission to integrate data into OSM
CC-BY-ND all versions incompatible no derivative works and attribution requirements incompatible because right to modify data is not granted cannot be made ODbL compatible, consider contacting rights holder(s) for explicit permission to integrate data into OSM