Palamida Applies Creative Commons License to GPL v3 Data

Lora Bentley

Days after Black Duck Software went live with its Open Source License Resource Center, rival Palamida "cried foul," according to's Stephen Shankland. San Francisco-based Palamida accused a "secondary site" of plagarizing its entire database and repackaging it as original content. (Palamida has been tracking the migration of open source projects from GPL v2 to GPL v3 since the latter was released.)


Black Duck, as Shankland puts it, "sees things differently." He quotes Black Duck's engineering VP as follows:

We have a spider team that goes out to other sources of information on the Internet (e.g., news, blogs) to collect data. Palamida is only one of many sites that they visit and ultimately the source of only a small slice of data.

Apparently the similarities were significant enough to move Palamida to action. The company recently applied a Creative Commons license to its information, which requires that the company be credited as the original source of the data if others use or redistribute it.

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