[OSM-legal-talk] Licensing Working Group report, 2009/01/22
rob at robmyers.org
Thu Jan 29 19:30:29 GMT 2009
Johann H. Addicks wrote:
> I consider evolving licenses as evil blank cheques.
They are a necessary evil. And a necessary blankness.
> Even if there is preamble saying "all future versions will be in the same
> faith like this" a lot of contributors will feel that they are forced to
> trust somebody they do not know so far as beginners. This might be repelling.
It hasn't repelled enough people to stop GNU or Wikipedia succeeding.
> Think about organisations that you ask for data and you show them a OSM-
> license that says "license will change in the future without notice"
Think about organizations that show you no licence.
> Then even a PD-release would be easier, because then everybody knows that
> there is nothing more coming you can ask for.
This solves the problem by causing it immediately. ;-)
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