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

80n 80n80n at gmail.com
Sat Jul 21 23:37:17 BST 2007

There is a very short article written last September by David A Wheeler
titled "why the GPL rocketed Linux to success":


To me this is one of the most likely explanations for OSM's dramatic growth
and success.  If OSM had been a public domain licensed project then I don't
believe that we would be where we are now.  To take one example, the
People's Map (www.peoplesmap.com), would now have all our mapping data for
the whole of London, instead of just a few major roads.  I don't see them
planning to put any of the data they collect into OSM or the public domain.

I'm not sure that AND would have donated their data to OSM if we were using
a PD license.  That would be the equivalent of giving their data to Navteq
and TeleAtlas on a plate.  Because they have made their data available under
CC-BY-SA their competitors can still have and use the data but cannot do so
in a way that would put AND at a disadvantage.


On 7/21/07, Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net> wrote:
> 80n wrote:
> > The point is that TIGER does not have a community caring for it.
> > OSM *is* a community that cares for its data.
> I was a bit perplexed by this point at SOTM and I'm still a bit
> perplexed (admittedly, I am easily perplexed).
> There's no community creating free geodata in the States because
> there's no need for one. TIGER is complete, free, and regularly
> updated. By the same token, OSM wouldn't exist in this form if OS
> Mastermap was free for download.
> There is, however, a very active US community doing things with
> geodata - think geowanking, WhereCamp, Burning Man. Were TIGER
> published in a slightly saner format (as, in fact, it's starting to
> be) I'm sure that an American Etienne would have written Tigerender.
> But licences don't really come into it, as far as I can see.
> cheers
> Richard
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