[OSM-legal-talk] ODbL: Who is the licensor / whose "database"is it?

Frederik Ramm 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 licensor".

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 ;-)


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