Open Directory Project

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Open Directory Project

A database of websites organized by subject. Originally developed by two Sun engineers in 1998 and called "Gnuhoo," it was soon renamed "NewHoo" and then acquired by Netscape, which renamed it Open Directory Project (ODP). The directory is maintained by volunteer editors, and its URL www.dmoz.org comes from Netscape's Mozilla brand (DirectoryMOZilla). See Mozilla and directory.
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Free software advocates were quick to point out that GNUHoo assigned copyright not to the authors of content but to the owners of the company, leaving workers open to exploitation.
NewHoo was launched as GNUHoo in June, but controversy over its right to the GNU title, a Free Software Foundation trademark, led to the change of name.