[OSM-legal-talk] ODbL: Who is the licensor / whose "database"is it?
frederik at remote.org
Wed Dec 10 23:33:45 GMT 2008
Peter Miller wrote:
> Where is the official input from the foundation to all this?
Consider the possibility that there is no official input because the
Foundation has not discussed these issues.
Relicensing is immensely complex. Each day I think about it I come up
with a number of different fringe scenarios or questions like my "who is
The database directive on top of which the ODbL is modeled was never
meant to cover a collaborative database like we have; it was designed to
protect the investment of large companies that let their employees
create big databases by amassing otherwise non-copyrighted facts.
Lawyers or laymen, we cannot expect that people come up with "official"
answers to our questions within a day - much less can we assume that the
Foundation board has coincidentally already provided well-formulated
answers to arising questions. They're just people like you and me, and
even though we have talked and thought about the licensing stuff
forever, we manage to come up with new and unprecedented license
questions every other day ;-)
Frederik Ramm ## eMail frederik at remote.org ## N49°00'09" E008°23'33"
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