So, if you created the list yourself, you own the copyright (i.e. the right to establish under which terms the list can be copied and reused). You do not owe copyright for the words you heard or read somewhere, because they are part of the language. Your work is compiling them, not creating them. So, you can claim rights on the list itself, but not in the individual words it contais.
If you want to release your list under an open source license, I recommend you have a look at Creative Commons licenses : www.creativecommons.org
Other possiblities are:
On 26/08/15 14:02, liling tan wrote:
> Dear Corpora researchers/enthusiasts,
> I have somehow compiled a list of N+N compounds for German compositas:
> I seek the corpora community help in understanding how to license a
> lexicon, list or corpora that was compiled without a single or several
> primary sources and mainly generated by a sort of armchair linguist.
> And how could I substantiate an open license for data that is somehow
> created? Like armchair linguists, they sit and think of examples and
> if they did license their examples or vocabulary or glossary or
> corpora, how did they substantiate the license.
> The source of the list was from my own learning as I read online
> materials and listen to how people talk on the street. How can we
> open-source such materials compiled? Who holds the copyrights to such
> a list?
> Previously, there was another corpus that was "somehow compiled":
> https://github.com/alvations/Quotables and since it's a list of
> quotations who holds the copyrights to those quotes? Ideally, the
> person who says it holds the copyrights but many of them are deceased.
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