[OSM-talk] Contributor Terms
richard at systemed.net
Fri Aug 13 10:34:47 BST 2010
> I helped design the strategy. The problem statement was "how are we
> going to change the license when half the contributors won't respond,
> some will refuse and some are even dead". The solution, it was my
> suggestion, was to use attrition. Only permit new users to sign up
> to the new license terms. Eventally new contributions will outnumber
> the old.
> This decision was made in a meeting between four people: myself,
> Steve Coast, Richard Fairhurst and Mike Collinson and is clearly
> documented here:
I dispute that entirely.
My clear recollection of it is that we decided to ask new contributors to
agree to ODbL+CT with the intention of restricting the task to its then
In other words, "let's ask 10,000 users to relicense their work" is a lot
easier than "let's ask 12,000 users to relicense their work". Or, as it says
in the minutes, "to reduce the task of any licence change by getting new
signups from now on to sign up to both the existing and the new licence".
Steve has also said this was his understanding.
I did not vote for "let's wait until there are enough users to outnumber the
10,000", which is what you're now claiming. If that was your intention, you
didn't communicate it to me. Nor would I have supported it because, as I've
said repeatedly over the past few years, only the rights holder has the
ability to relicense their own work. Whether a majority of other
contributors agree is irrelevant. (This is one of the reasons I'm not
greatly enamoured of the upgrade clause in CT 3.)
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