[OSM-legal-talk] Proper attribution
richard at systemed.net
Thu Oct 22 15:33:36 BST 2009
Andy Allan wrote:
> There's no "where possible" regarding the license
What this section of the Legal FAQ actually says (which I think is an
admirable model of clarity, but then I did write it :p ) is that hyperlinks
should be provided where hyperlinks are possible. They are not possible in
printed works, unless you have managed to create some magic kind of touchy
clicky paper where you can press some words and a website magically appears.
If you've done that then frankly I wonder why you're spending your days
playing with TIGER data. ;)
If they are not possible, then it says you should provide the URI.
The FAQ departs slightly from the CC licence in that it recommends you point
people to www.creativecommons.org rather than
But if we're at the stage of complying with the exact wording of the
licence, then hey, let's not forget that strictly you have to attribute
every contributor to OSM the instant you touch the data. The letter of
CC-BY-SA does not permit any opt-out for credit to the Original Author, i.e.
the mapper. If I may borrow your wording, "reasonable to the medium or means
You are utilizing" [sic] does not include "where possible".
So, y'know, I look forward to every CloudMade tile incorporating a
5,000-strong list of contributors, which swells to 5,001 the next time some
retard decides to globally change of shop=groceries to shop= greengrocers or
whatever it was. Given that www.whitehouse.gov/change still doesn't have any
pointer to CC, at all, then I suspect we're some way off that.
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