Are Text & Audio – Data/Content – covered by Apache License?

For “Spoken English App.” besides source code we will have data or content. In fact, the source code may be minor and the major chunk of the app. will be the Sentences Text and Audio content/data.

So a question crops up: Does Apache license cover data/content?

From Apache License 2.0 text (
“Source” form shall mean the preferred form for making modifications, including but not limited to software source code, documentation source, and configuration files.

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The above statement seems to imply that the term “source form” when used later on like in the Grant of Copyright License section, given below, includes other stuff like Sentences Text and Audio content/data too.

From Apache License 2.0 text (
Grant of Copyright License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, each Contributor hereby grants to You a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, irrevocable copyright license to reproduce, prepare Derivative Works of, publicly display, publicly perform, sublicense, and distribute the Work and such Derivative Works in Source or Object form.

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But the explict terms data/content are absent from Apache License. That is perhaps a weakness of a “code sharing license”.

An alternative is to use Creative Commons license for data/content. But then we will have two licenses, one for code and another for data, which seems to be a rather messy solution.

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