[OSM-talk] Sourcing street names - what's the policy, and why?
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Wed Jan 6 12:26:57 GMT 2010
Ok, Now I got you, basically anybody that might be able to claim to be
copyright holder of any data we put into the database might be able to
open a lawsuit against us to exhaust us out of business, not necessary
to win the case. With the list of potential sources of information
that can be claimd copied, and even without hard evidence, than we
must be extra carefull in screaning the sources we use. We know for a
fact that Google, Yahoo, TeleAtlas, Ordinance Survey, any other
mapping authority, and large commercial maps, have enough resources
each to keep a case like this going for years.
We must find a procedure to avoid such lawsuits. i.e. "show us where
some community members have copied you and we remove the information
from your sources" kind of response to any claims of copyright
infrigements. Isn't there a "legal" team in OSMF? This should be on
their table. - I think we have to have a planned response to claimed
copyright infridgements, even if we have a strict policy about no
using copyrighted sources.
On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM, John Smith <deltafoxtrot256 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2010/1/6 Aun Johnsen <lists at gimnechiske.org>:
>> But I ask if it is valid for OSM or not, I know SCO vs * was extreme,
>> but that doesn't mean it is valid for us. Can you point on some
>> similarities in evidence, cercumstances, factors that can make this a
>> valid case? If not it is the same as Larry Flynt vs America or most
> I'm not claiming there are any simularitied between the legal action
> SCO was undertaking and OSM, I was claiming it's possible to launch a
> friverlous lawsuit with no basis and keep it going on for years and
> effectively bankrupt the competition in the process.
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