[OSM-legal-talk] OSM data grant

Russ Nelson russ at cloudmade.com
Thu Jun 18 17:00:31 BST 2009

On Jun 18, 2009, at 11:09 AM, Richard Fairhurst wrote:

> Russ Nelson wrote:
>> Yes, but your result has to be licensed under the CC-By-SA,
>> which means that in principle, somebody could republish your
>> composition. In practice, nobody has complained about that.
> Or rather, in practice, people simply haven't made the maps precisely
> because of this.

Yeah, I gotta admit that I'm wishing that we could protect the  
database as a database of geodata, whilst simultaneously allowing  
people to make derivative works that AREN'T a database of geodata,  
whilst also avoiding the TIGER trap of proprietary database  
improvements.  Not sure that copyright allows for such fine control.   
Perhaps we should be looking at our own behavior rather than the legal  

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