[OSM-legal-talk] Is this license acceptable for a source?
Iván Sánchez Ortega
ivansanchez at escomposlinux.org
Wed Apr 2 01:55:35 BST 2008
El Miércoles, 2 de Abril de 2008, Frédéric Brière escribió:
> I was worried at first about the "one year at a time" clause, but the
> license only appears to grant termination rights to the licensee, and
> not to the city. (Although my contact seemed to imply otherwise; I will
> inquire about this.)
> Does this look kosher? In particular, would the "all right reserved"
> mention cause any problems?
It looks pretty nice.
The "All rights reserved" may be misleading. They'll be basically weaving all
> The City hereby grants to the Licensee a non- exclusive, fully
> paid, royalty-free right and licence to exercise all Intellectual
> Property Rights in the Data.
See? No problem. The same stuff happens with creative commons licenses: the
author has (by default) all rights reserved; by applying a CC license, he's
waiving some, or all, I.P. rights.
For me, it seems like a rough CC-by license.
The only peculiar thing is that, when you have to attribute the City, you
can't say "This data comes from the Ville de Sherbrooke government"
or "Courtesy Ville de Sherbrooke". You *have* to say "© Ville blah blah blah,
all rights reserved".
In essence, it's the same as in a CC-by license. With such a license, you have
to "keep intact all copyright notices for the Work". Theoretically, John Doe
can publish something with a copyright notice and then put a CC-by license on
it. The final product would read "© John Doe; licensed under CC-by".
Moreover, depending on the canadian law, there is an easy workaround for this
license: you're explicitly granted all rights over any modifications of the
data. In certain jurisdictions, just converting the data to another format is
a modification. Do the math.
(Disclaimer: IANAL, I'm not an expert on canadian law.)
Iván Sánchez Ortega <ivansanchez at escomposlinux.org>
Proudly running Debian Linux with 2.6.24-1-amd64 kernel, KDE 3.5.9, and PHP
5.2.5-3 generating this signature.
Uptime: 02:31:42 up 8 days, 13:13, 2 users, load average: 2.32, 1.80, 1.25
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Size: 189 bytes
Desc: This is a digitally signed message part.
More information about the legal-talk