[OSM-talk] Contributor Terms
80n80n at gmail.com
Fri Aug 13 14:57:23 BST 2010
On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 1:39 PM, Pierre-Alain Dorange <pdorange at mac.com>wrote:
> 80n <80n80n at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > [...]
> > > > That said, the strategy adopted by OSFM is one that is calculated to
> > > > the bases in favour of enabling them to switch to ODbL eventually.
> > >
> > I helped design the strategy. The problem statement was "how are we
> > 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
> > use attrition. Only permit new users to sign up to the new license
> > 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
> > http://www.osmfoundation.org/images/e/e3/Osmf_boardminutes_20080320.pdf
> So was is the problem ? Is there really a problem ?
> new user were asked to endorse the newlicence form wome weeks now. Now
> it's time for old user to have the possibility to accept the new
> Of course old user will probably have a poor answer, lot of accounts
> were "dead"
> > [...]
> > There have been repeated calls for a vote by the whole community. There
> > been no response.
> I dont remember asking a vote... But perhaps i loose memory ;-)
> Seriously, i'm not sure a vote would be a good option for several
> * many accounts are no more used and probably "dead", how count them,
> how know them ? Would you only count account who answer ?
> * what would you propose to vote : the actual licence (CC-BY-SA, that
> doesn't work at all for the project) vs the new licence ?
> Conveniently, the Contributor Terms already contain the answer to your
"Which other free and open license is chosen by a vote of the OSMF
membership and approved by at least a 2/3 majority vote of active
The OSMF membership had a vote to choose the ODbL. It would be reasonable
to expect a vote of active contributors to follow. Instead they are
following a different plan.
> > Seriously, you believe in that ?
> > > What is the plan ? Why such an evil plan ? What is the conspiracy ?
> > > They want to control the world ?
> > They do not want to control the world. That would be silly.
> Yes it would be silly. I was exagerating of course.
> But what is the plan ? Your initial message seems to me like "conspiracy
> plan", but perhaps it's a misunderstood.
> Is there (according to you of course) a "conspiracy plan" and if yes,
> what is it ?
> (sorry for my poor english, i do not often write in english).
> Pierre-Alain Dorange
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