[OSM-legal-talk] Why is the data protected?
andreas.perstinger at gmx.net
Sun Nov 28 20:53:13 GMT 2010
On 2010-11-28 21:29, Rob Myers wrote:
> One concern some people have is that large datasets donated to or
> imported into the project will either be unable to be relicenced or will
> take several years to be relicenced.
Ok, but it seems that these aren't a big problem (except
Nearmap/Australia - http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Import/Catalogue).
Would you argue that every user also donates a kind of database although
he always adds just some parts?
>> Isn't the content the users provide just facts (at least the
>> coordinates, some tags could be questionable)?
> Well the tags are an important part of the whole. :-)
Yeah, I know :-) But I would argue that even some of them are just facts
(eg name of a street)
> It's important to remember that OSM is an international project, and
> that the law covering data and databases is much less standardized
> internationally than it is for artistic works or software. How much
> originality you need in a database in order to claim copyright over it
> is an open question in much of the world (including America and
> Australia, the two places where people are most adamant that it is
> resolved). And then there's the database right.
I spent a few hours today reading about it :-).
> That would alienate people and could lead to legal action.
> Either would be a sufficient reason not to do it.
I'm with you. I just want to know what legal actions were possible. That
doesn't mean I want to fight this fight :-)
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