[OSM-legal-talk] OSM data grant

Mike Collinson mike at ayeltd.biz
Fri Jun 19 16:15:07 BST 2009

At 06:00 PM 18/06/2009, Russ Nelson wrote:

>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.   

The ODbL tries to do exactly this by defining the concept of a "Produced Work"  that  meets "allowing people to make derivative works that AREN'T a database of geodata"  and has no restriction on the license used provided the data source is acknowledged.  Sharing Richard's sentiments and wanting to keep a united community,  I personally think this is one of the best thing that has come out of the ODbL process.

Of course separating one from the other is not easy, so we would like to evolve a simple guideline:



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