[OSM-legal-talk] License for Press, PR & marketing WAS [OSM-talk] OSM layer into Adobe Illustrator?
richard at systemeD.net
Mon Feb 26 17:18:47 GMT 2007
Rob Myers wrote:
> Quoting David Groom <reviews at pacific-rim.net>:
>> To take an example, lets say there was an explosion in Baghdad, ITV might
>> want to use an OSM map and draw on the location of the explosion and any
>> other relevant things they wanted to illustrate. Are we really wanting to
>> say they couldn't do this, unless they then made that map available
>> themselves under a CC-BY-SA license?
This may be staggeringly obvious, but let's qualify "we" here.
Rob is (AIUI) writing from a "Free culture" perspective and wants all
creative works to be made available under copyleft-type licences.
As an example of a contrasting view, when I (as a semi-pro
cartographer) contribute geodata to an open geodata project, I do so
in the hope that other cartographers will make beautiful maps from it,
and that - if they so choose - they can claim full copyright over
these maps, thereby helping them to earn a living. I see that as a
But OSM itself is primarily neither a free culture project nor a
resource for commercial cartographers. So the ulterior motives behind
my view and Rob's shouldn't have any particular sway or, indeed,
relevance. What matters is finding ways to further the aims of OSM:
"...creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to
anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you
think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on
their use, holding back people from using them in creative,
productive or unexpected ways."
 impression formed from a brief skimming of links from his blog and from
previous postings. Rob, apologies and I'm sure you'll correct me if, as
is quite likely, I'm wrong.
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