[OSM-legal-talk] viral attribution and ODbL
frederik at remote.org
Mon Apr 19 19:15:58 BST 2010
> 1) Create a produced work under ODbL term 4.3 with proper attribution
> 2) Release produced work as public domain with proper attribution
> 3) Strip off legal notices and attribution (which I think is allowed,
> almost by definition, for public domain works)
> 4) Republish as public domain or any other license, without attribution
This is allowed.
> My question: where is the term that copyright notices must be preserved
> done the chain of derived works?
There is no such term for produced works. To achieve an attribution
chain, we would have to have something that says "you may only release
produced works under a license that enforces an attribution chain". Im
glad we don't because I consider attribution chains to be evil.
> Second issue, which is probably the flip side of the same coin: people
> might be inclined to use works that use some sort of attribution license
> and incorperate them into OSM (this almost certainly has already
> happened, OS opendata, etc). The attribution must be included in any
> derived works.
We cannot import such data, even today, because we cannot make sure that
the attribution is included in all derived works. So if you know of any
such imports having taken place, they should be investigated and
We do have a wiki page where we provide general attribution along the
lines of "parts of OSM include data from X, Y, Z; thank you for that".
But there is no rule, now or under ODbL, that requires people somehow
incorporate that into their works.
Frederik Ramm ## eMail frederik at remote.org ## N49°00'09" E008°23'33"
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