Legal aspects of linked data

We have recently published a work analyzing the European legal framework for the publication and consumption of linked data.

In our paper Legal aspects of linked data – The European framework, published by the journal Computer Law & Security Review, the readers interested on publishing or consuming linked data on the web will find all the necessary information on the legal aspects, presented in a clear, concise manner following a practical approach rich in examples.

In the paper we describe how the copyright law and database rights apply to linked data as well as the meaning of the most common data licenses in use. The article also describes the impact of the recently approved General Data Protection Regulation for datasets containing personally identifiable information. The work has been made in cooperation with legal experts from the Deakin University of Australia and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and it is of interest for anybody who wants to properly address the legal issues when publishing and consuming Open Data.