[OSM-dev] Looking for OSM Licensing Clarification

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Mon Oct 20 07:39:23 UTC 2014

Joel, please stop trolling. Richard gave you a clear answer, much more
polite than I would ever be, pointing out:

a) it really depends on the particulars of your point (2)
b) this is the completely wrong place for such a discussion


Am 20.10.2014 04:09, schrieb Joel ...:
> 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 <http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright> 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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