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CLARIN License Categories

Based on their licenses, language resources compatible with CLARIN can be divided into three main categories: CLARIN PUB, CLARIN ACA or CLARIN RES. In addition, there are several minor categories. A CLARIN Category Calculator for classifying licenses into CLARIN categories is available as an Excel spreadsheet. Below we provide examples of well-known end-user licenses classified according to the CLARIN categories:

CLARIN deposition licenses are available for curating a minimal set of usage conditions to include a resource in the CLARIN PUB, ACA or RES categories. The minimal deposition licenses can be used as checklists if you wish to use your own set of deposition licenses to curate additional usage conditions from the resource provider.

Note: The same language resource can have different licenses depending on the end user's role or intended use.

1. PUB language resources

PUB language resources can be distributed publicly. The distribution of these materials is not restricted by copyright or personal data protection issues.

Examples of PUB licenses (and their CLARIN category labels)

Categories recommended by CLARIN with approved licenses
Public domain
CLARIN PUB CC-ZERO
CLARIN PUB Public Domain
CLARIN PUB Princeton Wordnet
CLARIN PUB CLARIN PUB
Software
CLARIN PUB+BY ApacheLicense 2.0
CLARIN PUB+BY BSD 2 or BSD 3
CLARIN PUB+BY MIT license
CLARIN PUB+BY Microsoft Public License (MS-PL)
CLARIN PUB+BY LGPL
CLARIN PUB+BY+SA AGPL
CLARIN PUB+BY+SA GFDL
CLARIN PUB+BY+SA Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL)
CLARIN PUB+BY+SA Microsoft Reciprocal License (MS-RL)
CLARIN PUB+BY+SA GPL
Other works
CLARIN PUB+BY CC-BY
CLARIN PUB+BY+SA CC-BY-SA
CLARIN PUB+BY+NC CC-BY-NC
CLARIN PUB+BY+NC+SA CC-BY-NC-SA
CLARIN PUB+ID+BY+LRT+NORED META-SHARE Commercial No Redistribution
CLARIN PUB+ID+BY+NC+LRT+NORED META-SHARE Noncommercial No Redistribution

2. ACA language resources

ACA language resources can be accessed only for research purposes. The end-user does not need to ask for usage permission but can access the resources with e.g. a HAKA or a CSC account. Instructions for researchers who do not have a HAKA or a CSC account.

Examples of ACA licenses (and their CLARIN category labels)

Categories recommended by CLARIN with approved licenses
CLARIN ACA+BY+NORED CLARIN ACA
CLARIN ACA+BY+NC+NORED CLARIN ACA-NC
CLARIN ACA+META+BY META-SHARE Commons-BY
CLARIN ACA+META+BY+NC META-SHARE Commons-BY-NC
CLARIN ACA+META+BY+NC+SA META-SHARE Commons-BY-NC-SA
CLARIN ACA+META+BY+SA META-SHARE Commons-BY-SA

3. RES language resources

RES language resources have additional restrictions, which require permission from the rights holder. These resources may contain material whose usage is limited due to copyright and/or personal data protection issues. In practice, these language resources require both using e.g. a HAKA or a CSC account to authenticate the end-user and sending a separate application to the rights holder for authorization possibly including a research plan with the resource. Instructions for researchers who do not have a HAKA or a CSC account.

Examples of RES licenses (and their CLARIN category labels)

Categories recommended by CLARIN with approved licenses
CLARIN RES+BY+NORED CLARIN RES
CLARIN RES+BY+NC+NORED CLARIN RES-NC
CLARIN RES+FF+BY+LRT+NORED META-SHARE Commercial No Redistribution For a Fee
CLARIN RES+FF+BY+NC+LRT+NORED META-SHARE Noncommercial No Redistribution For a Fee
CLARIN RES+FF+BY+LOC+LRT+NORED+* ELRA licenses