[HOT] Non-Commercial Licenses

Peter Wendorff wendorff at uni-paderborn.de
Tue Apr 8 18:32:01 UTC 2014

even if it would not be restricted to personal use, any data that is put
to OSM has to be under a license that allows commercial use, too.

HOT has a special purpose, but as long as it's data is living in OSM,
that data may be used for commercial purposes as well and therefore data
sources used by the HOT members have to be valid under the OSM umbrella
as well which contains nearly unlimited commercial use as well.

IMHO - although I'm not a lawyer - the court decision you refer to is
out of scope here, even a very liberal view of "non-commercial" is too
restrictive for OSM.


Am 08.04.2014 19:54, schrieb Kate Chapman:
> It was mentioned earlier about how some groups, especially
> humanitarian groups often choose to use non-commercial licenses on
> their data. This of course causing an incompatibility with OSM.
> There recently was a court ruling in Germany that decided that
> Non-Commercial is only for personal use(1). This would mean that NC
> licenses are not appropriate for humanitarian data. It will be
> interesting to see if there are further court rulings.
> -Kate
> https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140326/11405526695/german-court-says-creative-commons-non-commercial-licenses-must-be-purely-personal-use.shtml
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