[OSM-legal-talk] Licence brief/Use Case - final call forcomments

Jonathan Harley jon at parkplatz.net
Thu Oct 16 14:51:43 BST 2008


jim at cloudmade.com wrote:
> The key seems to be individually accessible in a systemic way.
> 
> To me this implies attributes (columns) and tuples (rows of one or  
> more related attributes) that can be accessed.
> 
> A bit map would not be a database, but XML, csv, xls, shape files  
> would.  The interesting distinction may be vector data that is not  
> organized in a direct searchable fashion - so, would svg (for example)  
> be a database?  Hmmmm...

Definitely. Searching an SVG or any XML file can be done the same way
you would search a relational table with no index - by accessing
each data item and examining it.

It follows that the designer of the hypothetical "cool T-shirt based
on an OSM map" which is designed using a vector drawing program, must
provide her vector drawing files to anyone who asks. Presumably the
T-shirt would be required to include an address for such requests
as well as the credit to OSM?


Jonathan.
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