[OSM-legal-talk] Attribution

80n 80n80n at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 15:11:21 BST 2008

On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 2:45 PM, Tom Hughes <tom at compton.nu> wrote:

> In message <8fcd02310804070611u537c75e9pb8a6a27b466ef668 at mail.gmail.com>
>         80n80n at gmail.com wrote:
> > On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 1:40 PM, Tom Hughes <tom at compton.nu> wrote:
> >
> >> I would certainly prefer that people using our data provide a link
> >> to www.openstreetmap.org or the top level wiki index page as that
> >> would do a better job of advertising our project to people that follow
> >> the attribution link, which is surely the whole point of us wanting
> >> attribution.
> >
> > The purpose of this is not advertisement of the OSM project.  It is so
> that
> > users can comply with the terms of our license - users of our data have
> an
> > obligation to provide attribution.
> The point is that CC-BY-SA allows us to specify a URL that people
> must quote as attribution when using our work.
> You are trying to use that requirement as a way to ensure that people
> link to a page that passes on any nested attribution requirements that
> come from data we import.

It's not a requirement, its an option.

It is however a requirement that *all* publishers of OSM data satisfy any
attribution requirements imposed by contributors.

At the moment there is no easy way for them to do this and without such a
way, it is not easy for potential data contributors to believe that we can
satisfy their attribution requirements.

> I would prefer to use that requirement as a way to advertise our
> project to people that get works derived from our data.
> Trying to achieve both aims is obviously the ultimate goal, but it
> is not an easy thing to do.

Agreed, it is not easy to achieve either of these goals.  It is harder if we
try to make it more complicated than need be.  This proposal is about one
thing only - attribution.  Lets not confuse it with other requirements about
publicity etc. which will just make it more complicated and much harder.

> As Richard says however, it's a bit silly to do anything now when the
> license may be changing anyway.

In what way will the new license affect our attribution obligations?
Attribution is the only part of the current license that is not at issue.

> Tom
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