[OSM-legal-talk] Open Data Licence (Re: 23rd Dec board meeting)

Simon Ward simon at bleah.co.uk
Sun Jan 25 13:32:18 GMT 2009

On Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 04:00:58AM -0800, Richard Fairhurst wrote:
> sward wrote:
> > By having a closed development process, and publishing drafts 
> > for review, OSMF have forced the process to involve rounds 
> > of consultation.
> It's not OSMF's licence. It is a third-party licence which OSM is
> considering and on which OSMF has sponsored some work. To my knowledge
> Jordan has always been very willing to receive comments and suggestions.

OSMF wanted to modify it for OpenStreetMap.  OSMF have lawyers looking
at it, with a view to ironing out legal issues.  Open Data Commons seem
to have lost interest in it.  Communications with Jordan have apparently
broken down.  I think it’s high time OSMF took a bit more control.
Hopefully, the licence itself is freely modifiable and distributable (I
don’t know, and can’t see any reference).

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a
simple system that works.—John Gall
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