[OSM-legal-talk] The big license debate
streetmap at blibbleblobble.co.uk
Thu Mar 1 22:35:32 GMT 2007
On Thursday 01 March 2007 01:41, Mike Collinson wrote:
> 1. The license rests with the OSM Foundation, not with individual
Single point of failure, requires everyone to trust the foundation, requires
the foundation to exist forever and not change its principles. And the only
situation it would be required is when someone wants to use an OSM map without
contributing anything of value back to the community.
Other projects seem to cope quite well with having lots of peoples' work
combined. Wikipedia the obvious example (and a relevant one, if OSM is the
Really, it's all very well people saying "I want you to give me all your
dataset work without restriction, but I expect to have full copyright
protection on the artistic work I create from it". But they can't seriously
expect that kind of hoarding to be endorsed by a sharealike project like OSM.
It's like the people who tried to buy linux with a BSD license and got
ridiculed by everyone who heard it. The reason attempts like this are so
absurd becomes clearer when you calculate the actual value of all the
volunteer time. For linux this was estimated at $1,000,000,000 , and GNU
has a good quote about why so much work has been copylefted:
"Sometimes I work on free software, and sometimes I work on proprietary
software--but when I work on proprietary software, I expect to get paid."
To the people who want OSM data as an input to their proprietary commercial
products, you need to start calculating the cost of time we've spent
collecting that data, to realise what you're asking for.
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