[OSM-legal-talk] Toronto data license: Incompatible with OSM

Richard Weait richard at weait.com
Sat Nov 14 00:17:56 GMT 2009


Dear All,

I'm disappointed that (in my opinion) the more-then-a-dozen data sets
released by the city of Toronto recently are incompatible with
OpenStreetMap due to the Toronto Open Data License.

The license can be found here for those interested:
http://www.toronto.ca/open/terms.htm#licence

The largest stumbling block is the requirement that each end user
agree to the terms.  This appears to be a "click-wrap" requirement and
that won't fly with us.  The offending passage is

"If you distribute or provide access to these datasets to any other
person, whether in original or modified form, you agree to include a
copy of, or this Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for, these Terms of
Use and to ensure any such person agrees to, and is bound by, them but
without introducing any further restrictions of any kind."




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