[OSM-legal-talk] Paid services from OSM

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Sat Oct 11 00:51:41 BST 2008


80n wrote:
> If someone forks the project then the fork should be able to 
> operate on exactly the same basis as the original project.

On closer inspection, this will never be possible. If you fork OSM, 
under the old OR new license, you will not take the data from the 
individual contributors, but from OSM. So you will always have an 
attribution "stack" that goes "Cool New Database derived from 
OpenStreetMap derived from 60.000 people's contributions", whereas OSM's 
attribution stack is smaller by that one item.

With the current share-alike license this is more of a problem for "Cool 
New Database" because a strict reading of the CC-BY-SA attribution 
requirements could force "Cool New Database" to include the OSM name 
next to its own on every derived product (e.g. Map) where it is suitable 
to the medium, whereas the proposed ODbL is likely to have relaxed 
attribution requirements for "integrated experiences".

But still the "one extra level" difference remains and could only be 
removed by asking users to contribute directly to "Cool New Database".


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