[HOT] Non-Commercial Licenses

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Tue Apr 8 19:03:39 UTC 2014

Hi Peter,

Understood, my point was that if non-commercial licenses became
incompatible legally for humanitarian data licensing then potentially
there would be more data that is compatible with OSM. Meaning it would
not make sense to apply NC licenses to humanitarian data anymore.
Hopefully then a simple attribution only license would be picked and
there would be more data available to use over all.

Currently the NC data and the OSM data aren't compatible to be used
together in anyway. Meaning OSM can't be used to update the NC
humanitarian related data if they intend to redistribute it and the NC
humanitarian data can't go into OSM.


On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM, Peter Wendorff
<wendorff at uni-paderborn.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.
> regards
> Peter
> 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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