[OSM-legal-talk] Rules for the foundation to hold data assigned to it under

80n 80n80n at gmail.com
Sat Jul 21 00:32:40 BST 2007

On 7/20/07, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> >> PD data will always be free
> >
> > It's trivial to convert PD data to restrictively-licensed data.
> That doesn't make the original PD data any less free.
> > How many people make their own geodata public domain just so they can
> > contribute it to the TIGER dataset?
> Can one contribute to TIGER? I always thought this was a
> government-published thing and contributions were about as welcome as my
> own essays for the CIA world fact book.
> > How many just take the TIGER dataset, make a few mods, and sell it with
> a
> > restrictive license?
> As far as I am aware, many companies are doing just that (creating
> something restricted, derived from TIGER, and sell it), while at the
> same time TIGER data is a valuable basis for free software (e.g.
> roadnav.sf.net).
> So what point are you trying to make? Has someone sued roadnav.sf.net
> for using TIGER data, or what?

The point is that TIGER does not have a community caring for it.  OSM *is* a
community that cares for its data.

If all OSM data is placed in the public domain then there is a risk that the
community will fade away.  The OSM dataset could become just like the TIGER

We need to be very careful not to do something that would destroy the


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