[OSM-legal-talk] ODbL 1.0 timetable

Peter Miller peter.miller at itoworld.com
Tue Apr 28 11:46:16 BST 2009

On 27 Apr 2009, at 20:33, Mike Collinson wrote:

> The Open Data Commons have announced their release schedule as  
> follows.
> Wed 29th Apr (next wed): public release of 1.0 RC (Release Candidate)
> Wed 6th May (following wed): comments period on 1.0 RC close
> Wed 13th May (following wed): 1.0 Released
> Both releases should appear at:
> http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/
> The intent of the 1.0 release candidate is not for suggestions for  
> major new alterations but for  people to check on changes they have  
> made and spot any glaring errors.

Sounds good and its good to see there is still movement.

ITO has still not had any response to the our legal review. There are  
some very serious issues raised in the review and we hope that many  
have been addressed.

The community has not had any formal legal comments on the Use Cases  
page about which ones will work and which will not.

Is the Foundation proposing to get any independent reviews done on  
v1.0 by our current commercial users of OSM data? It has been  
suggested that end-users such as Flickr, ITN News, Multimap should  
confirm that the license works them? Clearly it will be embarrassing  
for both parties if Flickr or other people already using the data have  
a problem with it.

ITO will aim to carry out a further review pass between the 29th April  
and the 6th May and will again publish their comments again. It will  
be a challenge to do this at such short notice over a bank holiday  
weekend, however we think we will be able to do the work before then.  
In order to allow the review to proceed efficiently with this further  
review can the foundation licensing group ensure that:-

1) The Use Case page is updated with legal council views on each one.  
It may actually be more helpful to publish this as a .pdf containing  
both the version of the Use Cases that was reviewed and the legal  
comments response - we can then keep the Use Case wiki page free to  
change over time in response to this review.

2) Publish a mark-up version showing the changes to both the FIL and  
the ODbL as well as a clean copy of the same.



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