GeoIP database comparison

Nick Mathewson nickm at
Thu Apr 29 14:56:46 UTC 2010

On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 4:58 AM, Karsten Loesing
<karsten.loesing at> wrote:
> In summary, I think we should ship Maxmind's free database with Tor, if
> the license permits it. I'm hoping to get much better usage statistics
> results for smaller countries like Tunisia from the free Maxmind. Also,
> Maxmind has more users and is therefore less likely to provide a broken
> update and not noticing for weeks.

This license doesn't look too bad to me.  Their software (which we
wouldn't use, so it doesn't matter) is LGPL; the database appears to
be under a old-BSD-like license, with the notorious advertising
clause.  The advertising clause is annoying, but not a show-stopper,
since we aren't GPL.  (We're already stuck with an advertising clause
anyway, from OpenSSL's SSLeay license.)

One of the lawyers should double-check me here, though.


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