[OSM-legal-talk] Contributor Terms latest

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Tue Feb 23 23:07:42 GMT 2010


Mike Collinson wrote:
> - defining active contributor as a "natural person". This serves the 
> purpose of "no bots". OPEN QUESTION: We are not sure about this one as 
> this it excludes corporations or other legally organised entities. If 
> they have multiple accounts for individual staff, it has the reverse 
> effect. Perhaps not a good idea? Comments welcome.

At least in Germany, only natural persons can ever have copyright on 
anything (it's not called copyright here, it's called Urheberrecht, 
rights of the creator; of course the creator can always give someone 
else an exclusive license but the root of the right remains with the 
natural person).

So that would make sense.

On the other hand, database rights can, and usually are, accrued by 
corporations and not individuals...


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