[OSM-legal-talk] ODbL comments from Creative Commons
steve at asklater.com
Wed Mar 25 17:36:03 GMT 2009
On 22 Mar 2009, at 06:08, 80n wrote:
> Thinh Nguyen of Creative Commons writes:
> While some complexities are introduced by differences in background
> legal doctrines, others are introduced by the ODbL scheme itself.
> These two points about the complexity of the ODbL are important ones
> that probably haven't been discussed as much as they should have been.
> As if the ODbL is not complex enough, when you add in the FIL and
> all the other considerations that apply to the practical
> implementation within the OSM context (eg click-through access for
> mirrored databases etc) then we have something that, in my opinion,
> is near to being unusable.
> Given that we have a goal of going from 100,000 contributors to 1
> million complexity is something that will cost the community a lot.
> On my personal list of issues complexity is one that I consider to
> be a show stopper.
I'm sure you're not suggesting that the internet, space travel or
openstreetmap should not have been started because they were
'complex'. The complexity arguments are largely superfluous. I don't
understand the GPL fully, let alone v3. That doesn't make it a 'show
stopper'. I get in my car every day and drive to work without knowing
how the engine management system works but it's not a 'show stopper'.
I think you should work backwards with their comments from "Open Data
Sharing Should Converge on the Public Domain" and the key 'should' to
where their position is.
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