[Osmf-talk] New license change proposal status
richard at systemeD.net
Thu Dec 3 02:49:40 GMT 2009
> On Dec 2, 2009, at 4:14 AM, Richard Fairhurst wrote:
>> Offering a PD option means "Whatever. I trust you guys. I just like
>> mapping. I really don't want to be bothered by any more e-mails about
> That's what *you* think it means. I think it means "Whatever, be
> like FreeBSD and let's die as quickly as possible".
No, you misunderstand entirely.
I am not at all suggesting that the vote is:
[ ] OSM should go ODbL
[ ] OSM should stay CC-BY-SA
[ ] OSM should go PD
I am suggesting, as I have been since before LWG existed:
[ ] Yes, OSM should go ODbL
[ ] No, OSM should stay CC-BY-SA
[ ] I don't care. Treat my contributions as PD.
It is not a vote for turning the whole project PD. (I like ODbL.) It
is a way for the user to signal that _their_ contributions are PD. It
is, to borrow your phrase of a couple of years ago, "formalising the
scheme that already exists on the wiki".
It affords the user the right to licence their own contributions more
liberally than the default (just like, say, Flickr), which is a matter
of respect. But it's also an immensely useful user preference for OSMF
to keep if, say, some unexpected asteroid-related licence incident
happens next year, and another relicensing is required. If you have
500 PD users in the project, that's 500 fewer people whose agreement
you need second time round.
But hey, this response was written on a FreeBSD-based OS so clearly I
should get down with the cool Linux kids. Apple seem to be doing ok
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