How do the Terms of Use and API Agreement limit what I can do?

There are very few things you can’t do under the Terms of Use. Here is what you can do:

  • If you’re a non-profit organization, a FOSS project, or an individual, you can access our site or API to use the data any way you like, for non-commercial purposes. That’s right – any way you like. You really aren’t limited at all by the TOU, except the usual “don’t do anything illegal” prohibitions. That new Android app with your customized project metrics dashboard? No problem.
  • If you’re an analyst, blogger, journalist, or other source of news, commentary, or analysis, then you can access our site or API to use Open Hub data in your editorial content, even when your articles appear on sites that are supported by advertising.
  • If you’re a business, you can access our site or API to use Open Hub data for any internal purpose. Build your own tool leveraging Open Hub data combined with other data sources? Go for it! You’re also free to use Open Hub data in presentations and marketing materials. We draw the line at using the site and API to create or target advertisements and direct sales solicitations for your products and services, or building data obtained from the site or API directly into your products and services – or a commercial website, without permission.
  • If you’re an academic researcher or scientist, then your use of the site or API to get access to the data is governed by our Academic Use Agreement, which lets you do most anything research-related as long as you anonymize data you publish and attribute the data to us.

If you want to access our site or API to use Open Hub data commercially, we need to know who you are and what you have in mind before we say yes. We want to make sure that the community can crowdsource, validate, and build upon a single consistent, neutral dataset. Unless your plans might mess that up, we’ll very likely grant you permission.

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About Rich Sands

I'm the Principal and Founder of RSands Consulting, a developer/FOSS strategy, product management, and marketing consultancy. Formerly Ohloh's PM, Black Duck is now a client of mine.