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

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemed.net
Sun Jan 25 12:25:26 GMT 2009


Peter Miller wrote:
> I am however very very interested in who will be able to change 
> the license and how much?
> [...]
> Who will be able to make changes? I don't know and I don't think 
> the foundation knows either - they certainly haven't said.

Whoever is chosen to "host" the licence. I don't believe this has been
decided yet.

> Will it be possible for the key open elements of it to get removed? 
> I don't know because I haven't seen the text.

CC licences deal with this by saying that licensed works can only move
forward to "a later version of this License with the same License Elements
as this License". The way to address this explicitly in ODbL would be to add
similar text to 4.4.a.ii. There was, indeed, such text in there at one point
- I can't remember why it was taken out.

cheers
Richard
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