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Archive for September 9, 2010

RDF data, who owns it?

According to DMOZ management they do because their phony ToU said so:

You agree to waive any claim related to the inclusion, placement, exclusion, or removal of any site in the ODP or to the title or description of any site appearing in the ODP.

It would be fine if you submitted your site to DMOZ and requested inclusion but what if your site one of thousands sites added to DMOZ by editors who are crawling Internet for good sites and added your site to DMOZ Index without your consent?

People whose sites was listed without their permission never agreed to follow any ToU conditions including of course content of generic titles and descriptions applied by editors not to mention they never waived anything because nobody ask them to do so.

Now the questions are:

  • how DMOZ management can claim as their own something that no one legally permitted them to use in a first place?
  • what legal right DMOZ management has to Copyright somebody else’s properties without owners consent?
  • Does DMOZ management have any right to ask RDF data users for attribution given that part of RDF data legally doesn’t belong in DMOZ Index?

Based on facts from above, my question is:
should people who are using RDF data or some links listed in DMOZ Index give DMOZ any attribution?