[OSM-talk] Open Database Licence
mike at ayeltd.biz
Tue Sep 16 15:12:13 BST 2008
At 01:09 PM 9/16/2008, Frederik Ramm wrote:
>Steve Chilton wrote:
> > Webmapper blogged yesterday about the recent OpenStreetMap Users Day in
> > Holland (http://www.webmapper.net/), where Henk (and others)
> > presented/discussed the possible move to ODL licensing.
> > Could someone summarise where we are on the licence issue for the
> > Opengeodata blog or the wiki.
>I'll summarise here: We have no changes to report since the last
>Opengeodata blog entry about the licensing. The last "official"
>statement I heard was at this year's SOTM conference where we were told
>that the license draft was undergoing review by "a second set of legal
>eyes" or something like that.
>I suspect that the fact that Jordan Hatcher, the brain behind much of
>the initial draft, has taken on a new job (which made it impossible for
>him to talk at SOTM) has slowed down things considerably. Also, I had
>the impression that Richard Fairhurst was the foundation officer most
>active on the topic of discussing, finding, and implementing a new
>license, and Richard has not stood for re-election... (but him being
>most active may just be a misconception because he took on the role of
>communicating with the broader public while everyone else sweated in
>Put in other words: The license debate looks pretty much stalled if you
Jordan has done great work but as he is connected with the drafting
itself for a more general audience, we also need that "second pair of
eyes" as a completely independent review done from the perspective
of OSM/OSMF only. That has fallen through ... things move slowly in
the legal world when you don't have much money :-(. I'll post an
update as soon as I hear anything.
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