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The Open Directory Licence, however is unique to's directory. The license expressly forbid its applicability to software, or open content hosted elsewhere. Time Warner (via the Netscape Communications Corporation) owns the compilation copyright to its unique selection of editor submissions (links, titles and descriptions) in the open directory on As a practical matter, this includes the layouts, and the categories, and does not extend to the content Dmoz links to, nor the actual links themselves.

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Open Directory License The Open Directory is a compilation of many different editors' contributions. Netscape Communications Corporation (`Netscape') owns the copyright to the compilation of the different contributions, and makes the Open Directory available to you to use under the following license agreement terms and conditions (`Open Directory License'). For purposes of this Open Directory License, `Open Directory' means only the Open Directory Project currently hosted at (or at another site as may be designated by Netscape in the future), and does not include any other versions of directories, even if referred to as an `Open Directory,' that may be hosted by Netscape on other web pages (e.g., Netscape Netcenter).

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