www-legal-discuss mailing list archives

Site index · List index
Message view « Date » · « Thread »
Top « Date » · « Thread »
From Henri Yandell <bay...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Training models for OpenNLP on the OntoNotes corpus
Date Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:07:02 GMT
The license says:

    "In the event that User's use of the LDC Databases results in the
development of a commercial product, User must join...pay fees...".

While I don't think LDC have necessarily considered Apache's use of their
product, and the license text doesn't appear to be considering a situation
where the two User definitions are different individuals (ie: Apache the
first, our users the second); I don't think it's clear that LDC are in
favour of our using their product and you should contact them to get
clarification that we can use their product to develop an Apache 2.0
licensed product which may subsequently be used in our user's commercial


On Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 7:01 AM, Joern Kottmann <kottmann@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks for your answer!
> We would not distribute the content itself in any way. The training
> process will reduce the input-copyright protected material into n-grams
> (which will have at most a length of 2). That work should not be
> copyright-protect able by the original copyright holder since we don't take
> anything out that is long enough to be able to be copyright protected.
> There was a case in the EU that might be relevant for this:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infopaq_International_A/S_v_
> Danske_Dagblades_Forening
> Jörn
> On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 5:35 PM, Henri Yandell <bayard@apache.org> wrote:
>> I don't believe this acceptable.
>> It's a non-commercial license that would restrict the uses of the
>> subsequent Apache product.
>> Note that the license would also need signing (i.e. it's not something we
>> can use off the shelf).
>> One approach would be to contact LDC to let them know our interest in
>> using, but make sure they understand that the output would be going into a
>> product under the Apache 2.0 license and that they understand our concern.
>> Hen
>> On Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 2:51 AM, Joern Kottmann <joern@apache.org> wrote:
>>> Hello all,
>>> the Apache OpenNLP library is a machine learning based toolkit for the
>>> processing of natural language text.It supports the most common NLP tasks,
>>> such as tokenization, sentence segmentation, part-of-speech tagging, named
>>> entity extraction, chunking and parsing.
>>> Many of the competing solutions offer pre-trained models on various data
>>> sources to their users. We came to the conclusion that we have to do the
>>> same to stay relevant.
>>> These corpora we would like to train on usually are copyright protected
>>> or have a license which restrict the use.
>>> I would like to know what the opinion here on legal-discuss is to train
>>> models based on the OntoNotes corpus [1]. Their license can be found here
>>> [2].
>>> The training process does the following with the corpus as input:
>>> - Generates string based features (e.g. about word shape, n-grams,
>>> various combinations, etc.), those features to not contain longer parts of
>>> the corpus text
>>> - Computes weights for those features based on the corpus
>>> The features and weights are stored together in what we call a model and
>>> this model we wish to distribute under AL 2.0 at Apache OpenNLP.
>>> Would it be ok to do that? Are there any concerns?
>>> Thanks,
>>> Jörn
>>> [1] https://catalog.ldc.upenn.edu/LDC2013T19
>>> [2] https://catalog.ldc.upenn.edu/license/ldc-non-members-agreement.pdf

View raw message