[OSM-legal-talk] Licensing Working Group report, 2009/01/22

andrzej zaborowski balrogg at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 23:05:06 GMT 2009

2009/1/22 Mikel Maron <mikel_maron at yahoo.com>:
> Hi Fredrik
>> Will they be available to process our input after we see the text?
>> Is there any plan for how our feedback will be processed before the
>> public is asked to accept the new license - will it be *our* job to take
>> the lawyers' version and our feedback and make something suitable from
>> it and then ask everyone to sign up, or will we collect our feedback and
>> then again wait for the lawyers to respond?
> At the same time a first draft of the license is published, a community of
> users
> and legal experts will be established for discussion and refinement of the
> license.
> We want to move ahead with this draft of the license asap. The license won't
> be perfect,
> but there will definitely be a process for feedback and improvements, and
> the license
> will get there. In the immediate term, the OSM community kick starts this
> process
> by first moving to the first draft of the ODL license.

By moving do you mean starting the relicensing already?  What if the
part that most people would like to veto is the one allowing the
passing of new versions without explicit agreement?

I think this is why half of the world uses e.g. GPLv2 or GPLv3
licenses rather than GPLv3+ even though that's what GNU recommends.
AFAIK by having the actual data under the evolving license you expose
it to the sum of all the loopholes present in any version of the
license as it evolved.


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