[OSM-legal-talk] Use of OSM data by the military and/or intelligence services

Stefan Neufeind openstreetmap at stefan-neufeind.de
Thu Feb 4 20:51:17 GMT 2010


On 02/04/2010 09:15 PM, Rob Myers wrote:
> On 04/02/10 14:49, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
>> AFAIK our current license offers our data for everyone who attributes
>> correctly, but I'd like to raise the issue of malicious use of our
>> data by governmental organisations. What do you thing about setting up
>> a paragraph that prohibits the use of our data for military and
>> intelligence services? Not that I'm hoping this would seriously
>> prevent the use in case we have useful data to them, but still it
>> would be a statement.

[...]

> A discriminatory licence would prevent all of these benefits while not
> preventing military or espionage use or creation of other map data that
> we do not get access to.
> 
> I mention these points as illustrations of the argument that abandoning
> a commitment to freedom would be bad, not in addition to it.

I agree on that. Imho freedom and openness in this context is what
counts. And if they were to use our data (with proper attribution) and
maybe even contribute to it, I don't see a reason why _we_ shouldn't be
open.


Kind regards,
 Stefan




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