[OSM-legal-talk] CC Attribution Share Alike License with OSMF exception

Brian Quinion openstreetmap at brian.quinion.co.uk
Fri Sep 5 12:41:56 BST 2008

OK, so either not OSMF (but a group setup for the purpose) or OSMF
with better protections for who can be a board member.  How about a
group made up of interested parties with a minimum amount of data
submitted to OSM... :-)

Or is the basic idea flawed as well?

On Fri, Sep 5, 2008 at 12:23 PM, 80n <80n80n at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 5, 2008 at 12:07 PM, Brian Quinion
> <openstreetmap at brian.quinion.co.uk> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Been reading all the discussions for a while with growing frustration.
>>  I find my self mostly agreeing with the CC-By-SA license but I do
>> wish there was a way to easily provide exceptions to those
>> organisations wishing to make good use of the data but having problems
>> with the license.
>> So my questions is this:  would it be possible for the contributors to
>> OSM (in addition to releasing the data as CC-By-SA) to also grant a
>> license to the OSMF to use the data for ANY purpose? and to be able to
>> in turn also license the data on other projects / organisations by
>> unanimous vote?
>> I'd be willing to trust the OSMF to only release the data under
>> license for suitable purposes.  For instance they could license it to
>> npe with an explicit agreement that using it to geocode postcodes did
>> not constitute a derivative work.    Or they could give definitive
>> interpretations of what was covered by CC-By-SA and back it up with
>> their own license agreement if there was ever a dispute.
>> Is this just stupid, or is this an easy way out of the bind the
>> project now seems to find itself in?  I guess it really comes down to
>> if people would be willing to trust OSMF...
> At the recent election for the OSMF board there were 26 members who voted.
> It costs £15 to become a member.
> So it would cost about £500 to elect your own board.  I wouldn't trust OSMF
> with my data.
> Etienne (OSMF Treasurer)
>> --
>>  Brian
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