[OSM-talk] Frederik declares war on data imports...
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Sun Aug 8 14:47:07 BST 2010
On Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 9:23 AM, Robert Kaiser <kairo at kairo.at> wrote:
> John Smith schrieb:
>> For anyone still fence sitting over the new contributor terms and the
>> ODBL this is what you have to look forward to in the near future:
> Don't fight his conclusion, but his "if" in that sentence: |If imports now,
> in addition, start to become a corset that limits our choices with regards
> to where the project should be going, then it is *high time* to get rid of
> them completely.|
> He has a point in that anything limiting our choice of where we are going is
> something we need to closely inspect. And if we want to change the direction
> os OSM, that surely has some cost, even to the point of excluding some data.
> That needs to be clear. We need to think about the "if"s and not the
> conclusions there.
There is no "if". Imports limit the choice of license. They always have.
The whole idea that you retroactively shoehorn "choices" into OSM is
what needs to be fought. It's far too late for that. If you want to
legitimately change the license of OSM you've got two choices: work
with CC to get CC-BY-SA updated, or start over from scratch. Choice 1
failed, and choice 2 is unacceptable to the vast majority of the
community, so unless we ignore the facts of reality, we're stuck with
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