[OSM-talk] NearMap Community Licence and OSM Contributor Terms
cbro at semperpax.com
Thu Aug 19 12:18:06 BST 2010
On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 13:01, Grant Slater <openstreetmap at firefishy.com>wrote:
> You are missing the problem that OSMF needs those rights to be able to
> publish the data and ensure that someone cannot come back later and
> take a lawsuit against OSM for publishing their contributed data or
> demands that the data be removed that they have already contributed
> disrupting subsequent edits.
> The licensing working group had a much more human sounding way of
> saying it and then a lawyer revised it into proper legal terms.
It might very well be true.
I still think "a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual,
irrevocable license to do any act that is restricted by copyright over
anything within the Contents, whether in the original medium or any other.
These rights explicitly include commercial use, and do not exclude any field
of endeavour" and to be able to change to "another free or open licence"
(whatever that legally means) is too broad and entitle the OSMF to do
whatever they want, including the right to sell data I contributed for free.
Basically, the OSMF asks us to trust it because it doesn't trust us, right?
> OSMF is just a legal entity to do things. OSMF is the project.
There are people behind. I was a part of the OSM project as soon as I
contributed and I am not part of OSMF. Those are thus 2 different things.
- Chris -
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