[OSM-legal-talk] Progressing OSM to a new data Licence regime

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Tue Feb 5 00:51:07 GMT 2008


On 4 Feb 2008, at 22:23, Gervase Markham wrote:

> SteveC wrote:
>> It is early days in data licensing (as opposed to Free/Open software
>> or creative work licensing). The OSMF feel that the ODL license is  
>> the
>> way forward for our project and reject the Public Domain Dedication  
>> [http://www.opendatacommons.org/odc-public-domain-dedication-and-licence/
>> ] because it offers no 'viral' (share alike) protection to the data.
>
> Cards on the table: I entirely and wholeheartedly support this  
> principle.
>
> My question is this: if the database as a whole is covered by a SA
> provision, but the individual facts are equivalent to PD, how can the
> law prevent a nefarious person splitting the database into lots of
> individual facts by e.g. putting each on a separate web page, then
> trawling the pages to reassemble their own database of all the facts,
> which they then own? It may have a different schema, but basically all
> the data would be there.

It's called a database right in the EU, or a contract if you're a  
TeleTeq customer... :-)

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> Gerv
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have fun,

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