[OSM-legal-talk] Possible license violation at geocommons.com

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Wed Oct 29 15:32:59 GMT 2008

On Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 2:49 PM, Andrew Turner
<ajturner at highearthorbit.com> wrote:
> I strongly recommend that any first contacts
> be much more friendly, point out potential issues and offer reasonings
> and a way to enter into discussion to do things correctly.

Yes I think this is important.

The Creative Commons mailing lists get people emailing about people
breaking the licence on their photographs (it seems to always be
photographs :-) ) and this is the advice that they usually get.

Is there someone at OSM(F) who has or should have the job of making
first contact?

> You will scare away potential help, and also get a perception to that
> of the GNU Project (which does great things, but is also perceived as
> dogmatic rather than pragmatic and helpful). The OSM project is built
> on people talking and building a community - it's not a time to turn
> into a die-hard organization that shouts before it's talks.

In defence of GNU's pragmatism,  the latest version of the GNU GPL
does include a system for fixing licence infractions within 30 days of
notification rather than just suing people straight off.

- Rob.

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