[OSM-legal-talk] Fwd: Re: [OSM-talk] OSM layer into Adobe Illustrator?
frederik at remote.org
Tue Feb 27 15:54:01 GMT 2007
>> The main problem is not that they can't use the map, it's that they
>> don't know that they certainly can use the map. The license
>> doesn't make
>> it clear enough - they will always fear they have some future need
>> the map, that they can't do.
> This is the same with any licensing scheme, including proprietary
> licensing. OSM is not a higher risk.
If you buy a dataset from OSM, there's a very detailed written
explanation on what you may and may not do with the data. And if you
are in doubt wheter it is ok to use the data for a specific project,
you can ask them and get a definitve, and legally binding, answer.
If I am not mistaken it was you who laughed at people who hoped to
get such kinds of answers from the providers of OSM data. "Hire a
lawyer yourself", you said.
From this alone, it should be obvious that, at least currently,
using OSM data does pose a higher risk of legal troubles that using
commercially licensed data.
>> I can't persuade them, because it's easier for them to find another
>> designer than it is for them to listen. Big corporates are like that.
>> It's hard enough to persuade them to use Linux as a web server.
>> "But we
>> don't have any in house developers!" I can't do SA. I would have
>> to use
>> another data source.
> This would not harm you, as the cost will be included in your
> budget. And it
> will not harm OSM, as the project would gain no new data anyway.
The idea that "gaining new data" is the paramount goal of OSM and
anything that doesn't have an influence on "OSM gaining new data"
does not harm OSM is short-sighted.
We are very much interested in world domination, er, a very
widespread use of our data (which, in turn, will make us better known
and perhaps lead to more contributions!). Anything that hinders such
widespread use could be interpreted - and is by Y.T. - as harming OSM.
Frederik Ramm ## eMail frederik at remote.org ## N49°00.09' E008°23.33'
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