[OSM-legal-talk] Progressing OSM to a new data Licence regime
gerv at gerv.net
Mon Feb 4 22:23:34 GMT 2008
> It is early days in data licensing (as opposed to Free/Open software
> or creative work licensing). The OSMF feel that the ODL license is the
> way forward for our project and reject the Public Domain Dedication [http://www.opendatacommons.org/odc-public-domain-dedication-and-licence/
> ] because it offers no 'viral' (share alike) protection to the data.
Cards on the table: I entirely and wholeheartedly support this principle.
My question is this: if the database as a whole is covered by a SA
provision, but the individual facts are equivalent to PD, how can the
law prevent a nefarious person splitting the database into lots of
individual facts by e.g. putting each on a separate web page, then
trawling the pages to reassemble their own database of all the facts,
which they then own? It may have a different schema, but basically all
the data would be there.
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