World’s largest protein DB now under CC license

February 9th, 2006 by John Wilbanks, the world’s most comprehensive catalog of information on proteins, is now using Creative Commons licensing.

We spent a lot of time talking to the Uniprot folks over the last year. I’d encourage everyone to check out the FAQ we wrote on database licensing and Creative Commons licenses to understand exactly which elements of the DB are copyrighted and which are not.

But the important thing is, as the terms state, you are now free to copy, distribute, display and make commercial use of these databases, provided you give credit where it’s due. That means the data, the layouts, the entry sheets, everything. Congratulations to the Uniprot consortium and to Eric Jain.

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