General GEM Data Licensing Policy
GEM licensing policy is to initially release data and models under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0), and after 18 months to re-release the same data and models under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0).
Copyright (C) 2015 GEM Foundation
ANY USE OF THE WORK OTHER THAN AS AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS LICENSE OR DIRECTLY ALLOWED BY THE APPLICABLE LAW IS PROHIBITED.
If you have any questions or if you wish to seek permission to use this data beyond what is offered by CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, including use in commercial/for-profit contexts, please contact the GEM Foundation at email@example.com
Where possible GEM datasets include this message as a header at the top of the file. In cases where it is not possible to embed the notice inside the dataset, for example, when using binary file formats, the file(s) is or are distributed with an accompanying text file which contains the copyright and license notice text.
Products released under other licenses
ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue and Appendix to the Catalogue
Versions 1.00, 1.01, 1.02 and 1.03 of the ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue and Appendix to the Catalogue were released under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).
Version 1.04, released on 5th November 2013, was instead released under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0).
SHARE Regional Hazard Model
Seismic Hazard Harmonisation in Europe SHARE is a Collaborative Project in the Cooperation programme of the Seventh Framework Program of the European Commission. SHARE's main objective is to provide a community-based seismic hazard model for the Euro-Mediterranean region with update mechanisms.
SHARE data and products are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license.
To learn more please visit the European Facility for Earthquake Hazard & Risk (EFEHR) website.
General GEM Software Licensing Policy
The GEM Foundation normally releases software under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL). This license permits use, modification, and (re)distribution of GEM software provided that all modifications and additions are also distributed under the terms of the AGPL.
In some cases it is not possible or not appropriate to use the AGPL, for example when GEM software is based on existing open source software that uses a different and 'incompatible' license (a license that does not permit mixing with software which is released under the AGPL).
Products released under other licenses
IDCT Direct Observation Windows tools
The Direct Observation tools for Windows for Inventory Data Capture are developed within the context of the IDCT project. The tools are based on the open-source GIS, MapWindow, which is released under the Mozilla Public License version 1.1. GEM will distribute the Direct Observation tools under the terms of the MPL version 2.0 as permitted by section 6.2 of the MPL 1.1.
GEM standard documents licence
Typically GEM Foundation Images, Maps, Infographs, Video, Photos, Documents, Reports, Manuals, Best Practice - not including datasets, are released under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0).
About Creative Commons
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