[OSM-legal-talk] Is this license acceptable for a source?

Frédéric Brière fbriere at fbriere.net
Thu Apr 3 03:02:06 BST 2008

Iván Sánchez Ortega <ivansanchez at escomposlinux.org> wrote:
> The "All rights reserved" may be misleading. They'll be basically weaving all 
> rights:
> 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".

I knew these two points sounded familiar:


(No coincidence: I was told they based their license on GeoGratis'.
They merely added more legalese.)

Unfortunately, given the cold reception given to GeoGratis last time, I
can't say this fills me with great confidence.  :(

> 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.

Yeah, that *is* weird.  I wonder if their lawyers intended to say that.

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