[OSM-legal-talk] OBbL and forks
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Tue Dec 8 13:52:38 GMT 2009
On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 12:57 PM, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 7:40 AM, <mapping at sheerman-chase.org.uk> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > A quick question for the legal people: does ODbL allow the project to
> > be forked?
> Why not?
> The code is in svn and has been for ages, ready for forking. Of
> course, you can't change the license on the GPL code that you fork
> without re-writing it.
> The OSM data can be forked now as cc-by-sa as the data is right there
> in planet, ready for forking. You could fork data from an ODbL
> project the same way. Of course the same requirements for relicensing
> would exist. You'd have to essentially replace all of the data to
> relicense the data.
> Could a fork relicense the Content in a different way? As I understand it
the Content is unrestricted by any license or copyright claim.
Obviously any collection of the Content that forms a substantial amount
would have to be wrapped in ODbL, so I'm not sure what it would mean in
practice, but it seems that someone could re-publish an ODbL licensed
database that contained Content that was restricted by a no-modifications
clause or a non-commercial clause.
I may not have understood the meaning of the Contributor Terms properly, but
clause 2 seems to waive any rights in the Content from the contributors and
I haven't seen anywhere that asserts any additional rights, so am I right to
infer that the Content is not constrained in any way?
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