[OSM-dev] Looking for OSM Licensing Clarification

Joel ... audiofile at outlook.com
Mon Oct 20 02:09:37 UTC 2014

Understood. My use case is prohibited. Remove the deception on the wiki.openstreetmap.com front page. It does not help the business because businesses succeed by way of customer service, respecting others, showing diginty, respect and morals. To refresh your memory, the first few lines of the page reads: 

"Welcome to OpenStreetMap, the project that creates and distributes free geographic data for the world. We started it because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways."

> Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:35:58 -0400
> Subject: Re: [OSM-dev] Looking for OSM Licensing Clarification
> From: richard at weait.com
> To: audiofile at outlook.com
> CC: dev at openstreetmap.org
> The OpenStreetMap license ODbL is what is known as a Share Alike
> license.  In that class of licenses, one is granted more permissions
> when one shares and shares alike.  If, on the other hand, one wishes
> to keep things for ones exclusive benefit, ones permissions are more
> limited, perhaps even to a null set.
> Again, in very broad terms, one has more freedom if one uses the
> OpenStreetMap data without changing it.  Combining OpenStreetMap data
> with other non-OpenStreetMap data sets, is an area where the
> obligations to share are deliberately strong.
> The details matter in this subject area, and it is a benefit for you
> to understand your obligations from the start.  Please consider giving
> more details and holding further discussion on the legal-talk@ mailing
> list[1], which is the ideal location for this topic.
> [1] https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/legal-talk
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