[OSM-legal-talk] Public Domain versus CC Attribution Share Alike License

spaetz osm at sspaeth.de
Fri Sep 5 13:49:09 BST 2008

On Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 04:32:33PM +0200, Iv?n S?nchez Ortega wrote:
> El Jueves, 4 de Septiembre de 2008, Joseph Gentle escribió:
> > [...] There's a bunch of ways even
> > pretty reasonable uses of OSM could leave you legally liable:
> > - You don't acknowledge _everyone_
> The CC-by-sa explicitly says that you have to contribute the authors in a 
> reasonable way. There is absolutely no problem if you don't acknowledge 
> everyone.

Tell that the guy (or public agency that was not attributed, and that sues you.
'(c) OSM and contributors is not sufficient for company X that has given their data for usage??? Oh no!'

> > - You don't share-alike the whole webpage your map is embedded in, or the
> > book in which the map exists.
> Again, derivative work vs. collective work. No problems here either.

The line is fine and gray and fuzzy. Tough enough with software (dynamic vs static linking vs calling a separate progeram from command line?)

OpenLayers overlay anybody? So taking a screenshot of that makes you a criminal then, right? ItÃs not as simple as you portrait it too be. Even if you are right. It just takes an evil contribtor to  sue you and you'll have to defend yourself in court until you get your right.


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