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The Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC)2.7is the largest distribution center for language resources in the US. LDC is located at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and is also organized like an association. Membership fees are considerable higher than ELRAs2.8 and the membership model is somewhat different: LDC members not only get a discount on the data, they may use them for commercial developments (non-members may not!) and they receive one copy of all corpora released in their payed membership year for free and older releases at a moderate price.

LDC is mostly funded by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and very active in producing their own corpora.

LDC might consider distributing your speech corpus on an exclusive basis. However, they require an exclusive Intellectual Property Rights agreement with you (no other parties have the right to distribute; including yourself).

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